Whatcha Reading? February 2022

By: Shanleigh Klassen Photo By: @meredith.mara

Another month ends, and with that comes another round of book recommendations from your OwlCrate Jr team!

Take a look at some of our favorite reads from the past month, and let us know what you've been reading in the comments below. 

Trex by by Christyne Morrell 
Book cover for Trex By Christyne Morrell. Image shows the silhouette of a figure walking across a fallen log as sparks shoot out of their fingers. Behind the figure is a dog. The figure, dog, log, and other elements of the foreground are in shades of purple, while the far background is in various shades of blue and teal.

This is the story of Trex, a boy with an experimental electrical brain implant, his new neighbour Mellie, who keeps very careful notes on the whole community from her bedroom window, and a nefarious tech corporation. This multi-perspective mystery is incredibly fun and compelling and throws some truly unexpected twists at the reader. I loved how it seamlessly wove together a Harriet the Spy-like mystery with elements of sci-fi, as well as regular life worries of kids who just want to feel “normal.” This incredibly fun book will be available on August 30th from Delacorte Press.

— Sally


Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Teny Issakhanian
Book cover for Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu and Teny Issakhanian. Image shows a young Black character wearing all blue, with a glowing blue bracelet pendant on her left arm. To her left is an owl and to her right is a goblin boy with green skin and draconic wings in an action pose. Above the three figures is a hooded figure with arms and wings outstretched, wearing a purple robe that obscures their face. The background is mostly in shades of purple and pink.

Zuli has been raised in the shade of the Great Tree where the souls of birds return to after each life. She has never been out of the Tree’s protective reach before, but when something suddenly prevents the souls of returning, Zuli ventures beyond the safe heaven to find the truth – and perhaps to discover her own identity.

This highly imaginative, beautifully illustrated graphic novel has the feel of a classic fantasy, where the great battles of legend took place centuries ago and what we’re seeing is the world built in the wake of those stories. There’s this pervading feeling of longing for the world of the past, which makes Zuli’s hopefulness and optimism the perfect balm. I can’t wait to see the heights the next few volumes will take us.

— Shanleigh

Let us know your favorite read from February in the comments below!

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