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Ghosts of Greenglass House

It’s been three long years since we were first introduced to Milo Pine and his parents in their fabulous inn at Greenglass House.  I was very excited that the new book was nominated for the Cybils, so that I had … Continue reading

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The Adventurers Guild

The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos. Disney Hyperion, 2017. Zed is a servant’s son, half-elf in a city where that’s a much bigger deal than his fawn-colored skin.  His best friend is Brock, a wealthy merchant’s … Continue reading

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The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente, author of thought-provoking fantasy for children and adults, takes the authors of classic literature for adults – the Bronte siblings – and turns them into characters in a book for children.  Can she pull it off? The … Continue reading

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The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

The Lost Property Office. Section 13 Book 1 by James R. Hannibal. Simon and Schuster, 2017.  Jack Buckles and his mother and little sister Sadie have flown from America to London to search for his missing father.  When impulsive Sadie … Continue reading

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The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

What does happen to a witch once she’s done with school? The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol. Read by Elizabeth Knowelden. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2017. Arianwyn Gribble has flunked her witch’s test.  She hopes it isn’t just the influence of her … Continue reading

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Journey’s End by Rachel Hawkins

I enjoyed Rachel Hawkins’ earlier Hex Hall series, and was pleased to see her first middle grade book nominated for the Cybils. Journey’s End by Rachel Hawkins. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017. Our story opens in the village of Journey’s End … Continue reading

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The Voyage to Magical North and the Memory Thief

As I’m in the throes of peak Cybils reading season and trying desperately to keep up with reviews of the books I’m reading now, I thought I’d take advantage of a Sunday at work to pop in a couple of … Continue reading

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Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. HarperCollins Children’s, 2017. Nine on an island, orphans all Any more, the sky might fall. This is the rhyme that rules the lives of the nine children who live together on an island.  Every year … Continue reading

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The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky

Six kid geniuses from around the world science their way home from space.  The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky. Harper, 2017. Meet Miranda Regent, girl genius from Ohio.  At least her little sister thinks she’s smart enough to earn a … Continue reading

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Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

This book is nominated for the Cybils.  I was going to read it anyway, because of being the sequel to The Jumbies.  Also, the awesome cover.  Also, Tracey Baptiste was willing to pose with my sock-in-progress at Kidlitcon 2015. Rise … Continue reading

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