Author: J.L. Powers

J.L. Powers is the author of the y.a. novels This Thing Called the Future and The Confessional, and editor the forthcoming anthology That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone.

One Today by Richard Blanco

Guest Post by Padma Venkatraman ONE TODAY Richard Blanco Illus. Dav Pilkey Little, Brown and Company 2015 As with some of my previous reviews for this site, I feel obliged to begin by confessing my deep and abiding regard for…

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Guest Post by Padma Venkatraman LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar Pub date: April 2017, Ages 10+ (Grades 5 +) Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin The ARC of Ruth Behar’s debut novel, LUCKY BROKEN GIRL, carries quotes from three remarkable writers whose…

December Picture Book Roundup

And here we go, from some of my favorite independent presses, some really fantastic picture book offerings this winter season…. From Groundwood Books, The King of the Birds by Agree Graham Macam and pictures by Natalie Nelson, a biographical story about a young…

Rad Women Worldwide

A year and a half ago, we featured Kate Schatz in an interview about her first book, Rad Women A-Z, along with a guest post about one of her favorite books. Now Kate is back with a new book, Rad…

Radical by E.M. Kokie

The Pirate Tree’s own E.M. Kokie has a new book out (ta-da!) so we wanted to celebrate it here. Radical–the story of one girl finding and losing her identity in a radical community of survivalists–is one of those books that you have…

Picture Book Roundup-August 2016

Maggie McGillicuddy’s Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes and illustrations by Brooke Kerrigan is a delightful story of a friendship between an elderly woman and a young boy who lives next door. The subject of the book is not “race”…

Juna’s Jar

Juna’s Jar Written by Jane Bahk. Illustrated by Florence Hoshino. Lee and Low Books, 2015 New Voices Award recipient. Guest Review by Linda Boyden (see bio below)   What can be kept in an empty kimchi jar? Almost anything, according…

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Guest Post by Linda Boyden Too often, history is written by the victors. Nowhere is this truer than in regards to the histories of the indigenous people of America, but Joseph Marshall III’s new middle grade novel, In the Footsteps…