Who is Maud Dixon?, Alexandra Andrews (2021)
On the surface she seems normal enough, but from the very beginning, the reader knows there is something off about Florence Darrow. In fact, I felt that way in regards to just about every turn the story takes. This is not the kind of mystery that really leaves you guessing, because in the back of your head, you have a good idea of how it’s going to end the whole time. You just hope that you are wrong.
This book is the playful side of dark storytelling, and I would recommend it for readers over 16 with an interest in mystery and true crime.
Oh My Gods!, Stephanie Cooke (2021)
This adorable story was fun to read from beginning to end! The story is lighthearted, the characters delightful, the illustrations bright and beautiful. The one possibly negative thing I could say about it is that it is pure fluff- but who doesn’t need that sometimes? I enjoyed it all the way through, including the character blurbs at the back of the book, and I hope it ends up in the hands of lots of kids who will have just as much fun reading it as I did.
This would make a great introduction to graphic novels, but I would recommend it to any kid between 9 and 13 who used to like My Little Pony, Teen Titans Go, Disney Channel’s Jesse, or other shows and books in that vein.
-Kat Wahl, writer