Marielle had been a customer of Towne Book Center for as long as she can remember before joining our team of booksellers in the summer of 2019. She loves manga and middle grade novels and always has a great recommendation to offer on both counts. As Mary is out for awhile, Marielle has taken over some back room responsibilities at the store and is responsible for reaching out to all the authors we've had for our summer virtual events series! Check out some of her favorite middle grade and manga recommendations below, and stop by the store some time to say hi!
KARTHIK DELIVERS is one of those stories that makes you believe in the most impossible dreams coming true. Full of light, laughter, and hope this is a world you can get lost in. The writing feels like music itself, and when you're reading you can almost hear the song of this kid and his family and their dreams. A beautiful, poignant, uplifting story.
This is simply lovely. The bond of love and understanding between Joseph and Adonis, shows us how close humans and nature still are and how beautiful that bond can be. This story, these characters, will pull at your heartstrings and make a home right in the center of your soul. WHEN THE SKY FALLS will make you cry, but it will make you hope too.
This is an enchanting story. Margaret Dilloway is excellent at writing kids dealing with mental health issues, and I wish I had her books growing up. Tuesday is a wonderful character who is strong and stands up and fights for what she believes in by embracing who she is. WHERE THE SKY LIVES is a coming-of-age story, a story of family love and loss, and an ode to the beauty and preservation of our natural world that everyone should read.
This is quite possibly the greatest thing ever! Engrossing and hilarious from line, SO THIS IS EVER AFTER is the follow up to the Chosen One story everyone has always wanted. With an awesome ragtag crew of questers working out what they're supposed to do after the quest is over, a dorky and clumsy, but sweet hero, and a poignant, swoon worthy and hilariously awkward romance, this is a story you'll want to visit again and again!
This book is absolutely amazing. Allison Saft writes with such vivid descriptions, each line drips with color and paints a picture of the world so real you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Combined with strong voiced characters like Margaret and Wes, and a thrilling, adventure full of magic and danger reminiscent of Fullmetal Alchemist, A FAR WILDER MAGIC is a dark, alluring story you'll never want to put down.
A heartwarming coming-of-age story, with a harsh dose of reality and the bittersweet miracle of hope READY WHEN YOU ARE is a love story everyone should read. Giving a unique insight into First Nations teens in Australia, this story will open your eyes and make you feel connected and understood no matter who you are. With an amazing, flawed protagonist, vivid descriptions that bring the landscape of the story to life, and a beautiful romance this is a book that is truly wonderful.
The classic magical girl trope gets turned on its head in the first volume of MAGICAL BOY. With a trans-boy main character, who is really just a typical teen trying to live his life the way he wants and as who he really is, a group of devoted misfits backing him, and hilarious irreverent comedy combined with magic, fantasy, and saving the world, this book will leave you salivating for the next volume!
This story is utterly incandescently beautiful. There's sci-fi tech, beings from other planets, corrupt politics, court intrigue and a murder that turns an entire galaxy on its head, but the thing that makes this story beautiful is the love and devotion between Felix and Joy. An original romance that will have you falling in love, wrapped in a sci-fi adventure with strong bonds of friendship, THE KINDRED is a book everyone needs.
A gripping sci-fi thriller wrapped up in an epic survival tale, COLD THE NIGHT, FAST THE WOLVES is one of the best books I've read all year. Sena is strong and tough as nails, and her bond with the she-wolf Iska is what drives this story and keeps you coming back for more. Full of drama, tragedy, adventure, and an utterly unique world, this is a book you'll never want to end.
There was only one thing I could think to say after reading this book, I love this! HERE'S TO US made me smile and feel giddy, flushed, and joyful. Ben and Arthur are so cute and adorable and flawed and awesome together. This is like a Hallmark movie but better, as we get to see the true happily-ever-after they deserve. A squeal-worthy rom-com that will leave you smiling, laughing, and hugging the book to your chest.