The American Library Association announced their 2017 roster of award winners yesterday! I anticipate this list each year, eager to know which books were awarded, but especially eager to see if the awards went to any of my favorite books of the previous year. I'm a huge fan of kid lit and have a solid library of middle grade and picture book titles in my personal collection. I've also been collecting Newberry and Caldecott award winning books for years, so I get a special sort of thrill when seeing this list and finding new books that will soon have a home in my library.
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Having read The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, I decided to give Carve the Mark a read. This is an entertaining story with fantastically dramatic and flawed characters. Even better is that every person living in this universe develops powers when they reach puberty, and some are favored by fate. But all is not well on one planet. Cyra and Akos live on the same planet, but in totally different worlds. With their nations constantly at war, the two seem like an unlikely pair. But fate, it seems, has thrust them together. Sacrifices are made, and lines are crossed in this story.