Chicken Girl by Heather Smith

Review by Shyamala Parthasarathy

Heather Smith’s Chicken Girl is a book about hiding and confronting both yourself and the world, and accepting that not everything revolves around you. When sixteen-year old Poppy posts a picture of herself dressed as Rosie the Riveter from the era of World War I, she gets what every curvy girl gets on the internet—photoshopped onto sub-Reddit thread ISeeFatPeople that make fun of fat people for existing. … More Chicken Girl by Heather Smith

5 Questions for Marty Chan

Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. In theatre, he’s best known for his cross-cultural hit Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, which has toured across Canada and had an Off-Broadway run in 2004. He’s also written for radio, television, magazines and newspapers. In 2019, Marty celebrated the launch of two books: Metamorphosis, the final book in his steampunk fantasy trilogy, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, and Kung Fu Master. … More 5 Questions for Marty Chan

Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

Review by Jennifer Irvine

The timeless tale of teenage rivalry, jealousy, and social hierarchy—all delivered with a cruelty that only teens can spoon out—keeps this narrative feisty. Author Ian Doescher morphs the iconic movie Mean Girls into a Shakespearean play, complete with five acts, numerous scenes, and stage directions. … More Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Illus. by Gabriel Picolo

Review by Juhyun Tony Bae

Even though we see reboots frequently in superhero comics, it’s a difficult task for any author to create a fresh start for any character with significant history. The reincarnation needs to be modernized and have some originality to justify it in the first place, while still honouring the old character so it doesn’t disappoint veteran fans. … More Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Illus. by Gabriel Picolo