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.

Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe

I was eagerly awaiting this origin story of Eva’s mother’s best friend, Queen Alliana – especially since it includes dragons. Continue reading

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Cybils 2022!!

Hello, hello! This is just a quick post to say that I’ll be serving as a Round 1 panelist for the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category (aka my favorite) for this year’s Cybils Awards. I always love this reading, and … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the River by Alda P. Dobbs

This freshly imagined story of an immigrant girl, taking off from the author’s grandmother’s story, is filled with determination, hard-won joy, as well as hope and humor. Continue reading

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Magical Schools: Wildseed Witch and Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

Here are two exciting new magical school books, both with kids at all-Black schools, one drawing on Louisiana’s Black history and one set in a futuristic Nigeria. Continue reading

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A Taste of Magic by J. Elle

Here’s a sparkling and delicious new story of a 12-year-old learning magic, baking and other secrets in her inner city neighborhood magic academy. Continue reading

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Blog Tour! HOMEBOUND by John David Anderson

If you love thrilling space adventures and galactic war combined with found and real family and reflections on the meaning of life, read on! Continue reading

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How to Be Brave by Daisy May Johnson

Here’s a smart, modern British boarding school story, packed with humor, friendships, footnotes, bravery and British baked goods. Continue reading

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Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

A city girl explores her Chinese-American roots and gets to know her grandparents and the small Minnesota town her ancestor made home in this funny and heartwarming story. Continue reading

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Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing by Briana McDonald

I have finally gotten around to reading my daughter’s absolute favorite mystery book. Continue reading

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Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

What happens when a girl, a fox spirit, and a cranky witch team up to save a magical castle? Continue reading

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