Emma A. Shacochis

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The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

While it’s not without its callbacks to the original young adult trilogy, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes — adapted from Suzanne Collins’s bestselling 2020 prequel — intentionally feels worlds away from the version of Panem that fans are used to. Set sixty-four years before Katniss volunteers...

Review of The Christmassy Cactus

The Christmassy Cactus by Beth Ferry; illus. by A. N. KangPreschool, Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.9/23    9780063039643    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063334342    $10.99Christmas trees get all the attention—why shouldn’t cacti get their own tinsel? Ferry inspires empathy for protagonist Tiny Cactus through a mutually adoring relationship between the plant and her young owner....

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