Category Archives: Reviews

A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys

Here’s a dire and hopeful story of climate crisis and first contact that’s sticking with me months after I read it. Continue reading

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2 2022 Cybils MG Fic Finalists: Air and Jennifer Chan is Not Alone

Here are my takes on two of the latest Cybils Middle Grade Fiction finalists – Air by Monica Roe and Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller. Continue reading

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The Mirrorwood by Deva Fagan

Two enemies chase each other into the enchanted Mirrorwood – and discover that breaking the curse will be more complicated than either of them realized. Continue reading

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The Counterclockwise Heart

Here’s a story of adventure, secrets, and betrayal, with delightful gear-punky twists. The Counterclockwise Heart by Brian Farrey Algonquin, 2022 ISBN 978-1616205065 Read from a library copy. At the edge of Kingdom of Rheinvelt sits the tiny town of Somber … Continue reading

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A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

Who’s up for some dark yet cozy magical baking plus murder? Continue reading

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The Enemy is Fear Part 2: Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann

This one is for fans of superheroes and puzzle mysteries. Etta Invincibleby  Reese Eschmann. Illustrated by Gretel Lusky Aladdin, 2022 ISBN 9781534468375 Read from a library copy.  Chicago girl Etta lives with Quiet Days, where her ears are filled with … Continue reading

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The Enemy is Fear: the Clackity by Lora Senf

The Clackity by Lora Senf is a delightfully creepy book to please fans of both contemporary and classic fantasy horror. Continue reading

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The Cover was Blue: Goblin Market, Bookshop of Dust and Dreams, and Water, Water

Here are three very different Cybils-nominated books, all with blue overs. Continue reading

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Terrifying Monsters: Let the Monster Out and Secret of the Shadow Beasts

Here are two books for the fall season, where two group of kids must fight very different monsters in very different ways. Continue reading

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Mysterious Travelers: Prince of Nowhere and the Lock-Eater

Here are two 2022 middle grade fantasy books, both with characters named Traveler and automata, as well as other cool things like dragons, griffins, and time travel. Continue reading

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