The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O’Reilly

**Starred Review** Gr. 3-6. New Royal, Iowa—population of 397—is convinced that Goldenrod, the abandoned Victorian mansion outside of town, is haunted, because of its tragic history. Almost-11-year-old Trina Maxell is convinced, as well, when she and her handyman father arrive with a year-long contract to make the structure habitable again. However, to Trina, a year…

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

**Starred Review** Gr. 9-12. Electro-sensitive Ollie and eyeless Moritz and his pacemaker return in a sequel that is darker than Because You’ll Never Meet Me (a 2016 Morris Honor Book), and the boys’ affectionate epistolary relationship continues. As Ollie bravely travels out of his Michigan woods to meet other blunderkind, or blunderkids like himself, he…

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

Gr. 8-12. “Blood and victory!” is the Krigere people’s battle cry, and tough, eager Ansa knows no other life. In this companion book to The Impostor Queen (2016), three warriors—likable Ansa; Thyra, the late chieftain’s daughter; and Sander, who, like Ansa, was a raid prize as a child—are the only Krigere fighters remaining following a…