Books + Music

Staff Picks

View all staff picks >>

Featured Staff Pick


Stepsister
by Jennifer Donnelly

This is a retelling of Cinderella told from the point of view of Isabelle, the ugly stepsister.  The story opens with Isabelle’s mother forcing her to cut off her toes so she can fit into Ella’s glass slipper.  Isabelle’s mother tells her that people only want women to be beautiful and sweet and Isabelle is neither of these things.  She loves to be free to run and ride horses and have adventures, so being forced to try (and fail) to conform to these standards, Isabelle becomes hateful and jealous.  When the fairy queen challenges her to find the pieces of her heart it leads her on an adventure where she saves the kingdom and her sister the queen.  Along the way she discovers that real beauty lies in finding your own unique voice. 

Missy S.
July 22, 2020
View all staff picks >>
review a book
Short or long—doesn't matter. Let us know what you think about a favorite or not so favorite book.
Write a review >>
Read reviews >>
downloadable booklists
Download and print PDF booklists for all categories.
Check out What's New for five fantastic new additions to our collection!
downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and music
Explore the world beyond paper, ink, and CDs!
create a booklist
List your favorites and share or check out other teens' booklists.
Create a booklist >>
See other teens' lists >>
rate a book
stars Love it? Hate it?
Recommend it?
Let everyone know how it rates or see how others are rated to find your next book.
Go here to rate >>
View all ratings >>