Title: Jolly Foul Play Written by Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Murder Mysteries Publisher: Puffin Publication Date: March 24 2016 Paperback: 336 pages The fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There’s a […]
An unexpected, soul-searching tale of a doctor who discovers his moral compass, but inadvertently creates a monster. Title: Moster, Vol 1 (The Perfect Edition) Written by Naoki Urasawa Genre: Horror, Thriller, Contemporary Historical Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC Publication Date: July 2014 (this edition), originally published 1994 Paperback: 426 pages Johan is a cold and calculating […]
Another case for Young and Yang – and Bottoms. Title: The Tiara on the Terrace Author: Kristen Kittscher Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books Publication Date: January 5 2016 Hardcover: 400 Pages In this funny, clever novel, perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Gordon Korman and a companion to The Wig in […]
In which we host an exclusive excerpt and book giveaway of The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher. Today, we are thrilled to celebrate the release of The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher with an exclusive excerpt from the novel, and a giveaway! The second book in the Young and Yang mystery […]
Hello everyone and happy holidays! Smugglivus is in full swing, and today we are thrilled to celebrate with a sale. As you may know, we published our very first commissioned novelettes this year, with Carlie St. George’s Spindle City Mysteries. Affectionately dubbed “Cinderella Noir”, the stories follow gumshoe and (good hearted, but maker of bad […]
Middle Grade Review Bonanza: BINNY IN SECRET by Hilary McKay, FIRST CLASS MURDER by Robin Stevens, THE HOUSE OF EYES by Patricia Elliott
The Middle Grade Review Bonanza is a feature with 2-3 mini-reviews for short MG books we really wanted to read. It’s a new Regular Thing (and we’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations for future entries). Three Middle Grade novels I read recently – two sequels to books I loved, one new-to-me author. School […]
Everything you wanted to know about Carlie St. George’s awesome fairytale noir series. Earlier we revealed the cover for The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper by Carlie St. George, the first of three interconnected novelettes in The Spindle City Mysteries. We are now pleased to unveil details for all three stories in the series. […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews “locked spaceship” sci fi novel Lightless by C.A. Higgins. What’s it about? Alternate states, thermodynamics, sociopathy, rebellion, and entropy. It’s fantastic, and probably on my list of favorite reads for 2015. Go here to get the full story.
We are thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for Brian Selznick’s newest book: The Marvels! The Marvels tells two different stories, one through pictures, the other through words, and follows young Joseph as he tries to piece together clues found in his Uncle’s mystery-shrouded home about his family legacy. To gear up […]
Middle Grade Review Bonanza: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly, Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen, and Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens
The Middle Grade Review Bonanza is a feature with 2-3 mini-reviews for short MG books we really wanted to read. It’s a new Regular Thing (and we’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations for future entries). The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken […]
Welcome to Smugglivus 2014! Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2014, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2015, and more. Who: Susan Jane Bigelow, a Science Fiction writer, whose books are on Ana’s keeper shelf. Author of the […]
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, dear readers! In order to celebrate this spookiest of holidays, we are proud to offer a giveaway of historical supernatural YA mystery, Jackaby by William Ritter. (Full dislosure: Thea works for Workman Publishing, of which Algonquin Young Readers is a division.) About the Book: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. […]
Today we are delighted to unveil the beautiful cover for Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee – the final book in her Agency series, out next year. Thea is a HUGE fan of the series, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the reveal and have Y.S. Lee over to talk about the […]
Title: Greenglass House Author: Kate Milford Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Clarion Books Publication Date: August 2014 Hardcover: 384 Pages A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books […]
Title: Murder Most Unladylike (UK) / Murder is Bad Manners (US) Author: Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery Publisher: Corgi / Simon and Schuster Publication Date: June 2014 / June 2015 Hardcover: 324 Pages Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! This week, Thea reviews the eagerly anticipated third and final book in Ben H. Winters’ Last Policeman trilogy, World of Trouble. The book ends phenomenally, but ultimately she has mixed feels about the journey to said ending. Get the full story here.
It’s Friday which means that we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews Valour and Vanity, the fourth book in Mary Robinette Kowal’s historical Regency-era fantasy series. And she likes it! The book puts Vincent and Jane’s marriage under some intense stress, but the pair work out their issues and stage a heist. Go forth […]
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation […]
Title: Drakenfeld Author: Mark Charan Newton Genre: Historical Fantasy, Crime Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Tor UK Publication Date: October 2013 Hardcover: 429 Pages “I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it …” The […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews Edgar Award winning novel The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. Guess what, folks? She loved it. (That’s the third book she’s read and reviewed this week dealing with apocalypse-by-asteroid, and the best one of the bunch!) Go HERE to get the full […]
Title: Vanished Author: Sheela Chari Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, PoC, Middle Grade Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: July 2011 Hardcover: 336 Pages Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument was a gift from her grandmother-intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. When this special […]
Title: Joyland Author: Stephen King Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller (Ghosts/Horror) Publisher: Hard Case Crime Publication Date: June 2013 Paperback: 283 Pages Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of […]
Title: The Wig in the Window Author: Kristen Kittscher Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books Publication Date: June 2013 Hardcover: 368 Pages Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody […]
Today is our official stop on The Wig in the Window blog tour! We are thrilled to have debut author Kristen Kittscher over to answer our questions about her middle grade mystery novel and talk about everything from favorite mystery novels to topics like the evolving nature of friendships and cultural appropriation. Please give it […]
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2 : a digital-first publisher of speculative fiction and nonfiction since 2014.
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