The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2015

Conrad is the boy who knows everything, and his friend Piper can fly. But rather than be treated as superheroes, they were shipped off to a school for children with special abilities—a school where they eventually escaped the evil headmistress. Conrad and Piper flee to her parents’ farm, where eventually the other kids from the school make their way to join them. Conrad and his friends busy themselves putting their exceptional skills to use rescuing people from disasters, but before long it becomes clear that there’s more behind the disasters than they first assumed. Soon Conrad, Piper, and their friends set out on a quest to find out what’s happening and whether there really is a Nirvana for people with special abilities like themselves.

This is the second book in the series and comes after The Girl Who Could Fly. I began the book without realizing that it was the second in a series, and because of this, for some time I felt confused about where the story was going. Within the book, one story about these exceptional kids morphs into another, making it a great read for kids who are always looking for more to read, even more so because they can begin with The Girl Who Could Fly.

I received The Boy Who Knew Everything as an electronic ARC courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone GapBalzer and Bray/Harper Collins, 2015.

Rosa has disappeared and no one in the small community of Bone Gap will believe him when Finn says she was taken against her will, not even his brother Sean, who was in love with Rosa. Finn is determined to find her and will withstand the local bullies and the long looks and speculation of the townspeople to persevere.

This intriguing read keeps readers guessing as they attempt to distinguish the real from the fantastical in this world where the lines of reality and fantasy are blurred.

Laura Ruby’s characters engaged my sympathy as they navigated their complicated small-town lives, searching for love and a place to belong. An intriguing and heartwarming read.