If you don’t follow these rules, your soul will be lost there forever.”
Quoted from Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore
Rating – 3.5/5
through the forest on a full-moon night, Evie falls into a big hole and finds
herself trapped in the Upside-Down World – a world that mirrors ours but
is different too. Here unicorns are not gentle creatures, fairies are nasty,
giants are not scary, and many more twisted versions of folklores dot the
landscape in this strange world.
Evie must follow these unspoken rules and cross the various obstacles in her path, relying only on a compass given by an angry gnome, her deceased grandfather’s lessons and her mother’s haunting memories, to reach home. Can she do it? Read Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore by Birgitte Märgen to find out.
A teenager, late for school, accidentally microwaves his doodle notebook while heating his breakfast. This brings alive the cartoon characters in the notebook. Now he needs to deal with a typical teenage day in school—replete with problems like social awkwardness, bullies, boring classes, love trouble—while trying to remain even keel with his notebook’s suddenly animated characters.
One of the characters, Dud, becomes the boy’s alter-ego as they continually poke each other. Can Dud help the boy realize that running from one’s problems won’t solve them? Can he make the boy face them? Grab Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor to find out.
Easton family moves into an old, giant house they bought at dirt cheap price.
Alice, the youngest in the family, is thrilled to move in there and explore it.
Her joy soon turns to dread when she discovers a painting of stick figures
depicting a family of four on the wall of the hallway ……. just like her
family. The rest of the family brushes it off, but Alice is intrigued and scared
by this painting.
One by one, the members of her family start disappearing, which is followed by a X marking that member in the crude painting in the hallway. Alice must unearth the macabre mystery behind this old house before she becomes the next victim.
Born in a family of mahouts (elephant trainers), Hemit dreams of getting his elephant in the cattle fair next year. He is a gentle soul and understands animals in a way that no one can. He believes the relationship between a mahout and his elephant should be based on trust, love, and respect. However, his father uses harsh ways to dominate his elephant. Unable to withstand any more ill-treatment towards the elephants in the family stable, he takes a stand against his father.
Hemit’s yearning to understand the elephants better leads him to a mystical fakir, who everyone believes is an evil sorcerer. But Hemit sees otherwise and accepts the fakir’s help to learn how to communicate with his beloved elephant. Will Hemit succeed in convincing his father that love and respect are the only ways to gain an animal’s trust? With his new-found learning, can Hemit win Asha’s (an abused elephant) trust? Read Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin to find out.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a gripping, poignant memoir detailing her quirky childhood filled with incredible hardships on account of growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and an irresponsible and delusional
mother. Rex and Rose Walls’ nonconformist
ideas about the world initially inspired their four children. The Walls family
led a peripatetic life, relocating every few months. They never imposed any
rules on their children and encouraged them to handle their problems on their
own. Rex was a charismatic man who taught them a variety of subjects and often played
with them, while Rose painted and wrote and mouthed off philosophical thoughts.
However, as the children started growing up, their
rose-tinted glasses were replaced by the harsh reality of life. Little by
little, the Walls children’s dreams of the Glass Castle—the grandiose promises
of a spectacular home to be constructed by their father—started crumbling when
they realized their parents were self-absorbed people, averse to
responsibilities, and they would have to take care of themselves. This
realization instilled a fierce determination in them to get away from their
parents and carve out a successful life for themselves.
chosen few, called Whisperers, are gifted with the Voice – the ability to tame
the wild and dangerous water spirits. However, the once revered Whisperers are
now an enslaved lot forced to serve under cruel kings and nobles. Their price
of freedom is too high to pay. Betka, a novice Whisperer, can only dream of
being free again and being reunited with her family.
dangerous water spirit has attacked the castle where Betka’s sister is serving.
She, somehow, joins the crew that has been assigned to protect that castle in
hopes of finding her sister alive. However, upon reaching there, the spectacle
of carnage that Betka and the crew witnesses make any chance of finding any
survivor slim. But they need to enter the castle, unaware that a savage foe
awaits them inside. Can Betka save her sister? Will the other crew members
perish too? Read Whispers from the Depths by C. W. Briar to find out.