Author Archives: Katy K.

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.

3 Scary Stories: Temple Alley Summer, Ghost Girl, and Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Here’s some more of my Cybils reading – ranked roughly in order from least to most frightening. Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba. Translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa. Illustrated by Miho Satake Yonder, 2021 ISBN 978-1632063038 Read from library copy.  Fifth-grade … Continue reading

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3 Fantasies about Change: Josephine Against the Sea, A Wilder Magic, and Elvis and the World as it Stands

Here are three Cybils-nominated fantasies about kids forced to deal with change they don’t want to accept. Continue reading

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3 Fantasies about Bullying: The Insiders, Friend Me, and the Nightmare Thief

As an empathic adult who was bullied as a child, bullying is always very painful for me to read about. But it happens all too frequently, and it is dishonest for adults to deny kids the opportunity to read about … Continue reading

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Five 2021 Cybils-Nominated Fantasy Adventures

Here are reviews of five great Cybils-nominated adventure fantasies. Continue reading

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3 Spine-Tinglers: The Plentiful Darkness, Long Lost, and Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares

Halloween may be over, but I’m still reading books to make you want to keep the light on at night. Continue reading

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That Thing about Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar

A girl who’s always loved Bollywood but keeps her feelings locked up suddenly unable to stop singing and dancing about them – and everyone else thinks it’s normal. Continue reading

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The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

An impossible task, banished magicians, the meaning of family, and deepest betrayals blend in The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim. Continue reading

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Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Here’s a beautiful ghostly tale of self-discovery from this year’s Cybils reading. Continue reading

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The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett

Here’s a newly-released book from Canadian fantasy author Heather Fawcett. Continue reading

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Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis

In which I break from my reviews of middle grade fantasy to read a fantasy romance, with small dragons! Continue reading

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