This is an easy question for me to answer this month: Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver! Her middle grade debut is exactly what I like in tween books: magic, historical (feeling) setting, powerful but subtle message. In this novel Liesl's father has mysteriously died and it's up to her and her ghost friend Po and his pet Bundle to help her fulfill her father's last wish which will allow him to rest. Like any modern fairytale there is a fair share of evil stepmothers, conniving villains, and happy coincidences. You just can't read the ending of this novel without smiling. I highly recommend everyone read this when it finally publishes in October.
Stay tuned in the next week or so for my monthly Reading Roundup for mini reviews of all the books I’ve read this month!