Category Archives: Audiobook

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 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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Cattywampus and Cinders and Sparrows

Every year I participate in the Cybils Awards, I read books more quickly than I can review them. Here are a couple of the books I’d wanted to share with you since the fall.  Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo. Scholastic, … Continue reading

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More Modern Adventures with Gods: Girl Giant and the Monkey King and City of the Plague God

Two stories in which modern-day kids get entangled with the living mythology of their culture, both great for fans of the Percy Jackson books. Continue reading

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Reading with My Son – the Middle School Years

At a friend’s request, I put together a list of the audiobooks and read-alouds my son and I read together when he was in middle school. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. Continue reading

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Complex & Compelling Teen Fantasy: Legendborn and Burn

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn and Burn by Patrick Ness are both finalists in the Teen Speculative Fiction category of the Cybils Awards with complex, multilayered, and very compelling narratives. Continue reading

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Apprentice Witches: Kiki’s Delivery Service and Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

I was fortunate enough to read both a new translation of the classic Japanese fantasy book and a recent book inspired by in the same week. There is lots of charming witchy fun to be had in both of these! Continue reading

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Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

I read Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the 2019 Cybils Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Winner, near the end of February this year… just a month out from what would have been KidLitCon had not 2020 intervened.  So … Continue reading

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