Kate Lorraine started her career at Avid as an intern but was hired as a bookseller in January 2017. As the youth & school specialist at Avid Bookshop, she spends a lot of her time bringing authors & illustrators to local schools and helping media specialists build their school libraries. Kate Lorraine typically reads middle grade & adult fiction alike (as long as it’s fairytale-esque, weird, or magical.) Whenever she's in a reading rut, she swaps genres -- science fiction, memoir, & short stories are her go-to shake ups.
I love the littlest family, and I love that the illustrations in this board book remind me of the magic I used to see in the woods as a child. Read this aloud to remind someone that you will always make your way home.
Loosely based on Italian folklore, this gorgeously illustrated series features a troop of well-meaning but mischeviouos cousins up against the lengendary trouble making witches of Benevento. Charming and a touch supernatural, this is Junie B. Jones meets historical fiction!
The Witch's Boy is a woodsy & wonderful adventure as well as a gorgeous fairytale as well as a beautiful lesson on empathy and learning to manage emotions. My favorite Kelly Barnhill book!
I listened to the rave reviews for this book for months before I finally picked it up -- now, Uprooted is one book that I measure all other books in this genre against. Fairytale-like in all the best ways with a strong, flawed, and smart protagonist, this book presents a beautiful world I want to live in alongside characters I'd love to know.
This wintery, atmospheric tale is inspired by the literature of medieval Russia -- Arden writes a story rich with folklore and history; a world filled with forest sprites, house spirits, and magic; a town stalked by both a demon and a power-hungry priest. Harsh & beautiful all at once, I immersed myself in Vasya's tale and came out the other side wanting to start the book all over again.
Bandit is my favorite memoir -- it is certainly the most beautifully written one I've ever read. Brodak's carefully measured, poetic words struck me deeply. I never expected to relate so much to the story of a girl with a father who robbed banks but reading this felt like finding a comrade. Brodak wrestles with identity, belonging, family, and a need for the truth even after all this time. I found myself nodding along -- sympthizing with Brodak and laughing with her, too.
Not for the faint of heart! I found The Power indescribably dark, uncomfortable, and so important. Reading some parts of this book felt eerily similiar to our current political climate, but it quickly descends into a nightmare world that illustrates the issues that any severe imbalance of power creates. By flipping the gender dynamic on its head, Alderman takes you on a twisted "what if?" journey, presenting you with questions & giving up no answers. It has been compared to The Handmaid's Tale and blurbed by Margaret Atwood herself -- it is indeed another work of specuative fiction that will stick with you.