Category Archives: Audiobook

The Girl and the Witch’s Garden and Catalyst

Here are two new middle grade fantasies that appear light on the surface, but address serious issues underneath – The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman and Catalyst by Sarah Beth Durst. Continue reading

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Teen Love: This is My Brain in Love, Secret of a Heart Note, and Don’t Date Rosa Santos

Here are three teen stories with romance at the center and satisfyingly sweet endings, though all of them have the good grace to be as much or more about our main character figuring out who she is and where she … Continue reading

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Sequels: The Jumbie God’s Revenge and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

Here are two great middle grade speculative fiction sequels – The Jumbie God’s Revenge by Tracey Baptiste and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez – the first of which is the selection for the current round of the Generations Book Club from the Brown Bookshelf. Continue reading

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Future Worlds: 13 Riveting Speculative Fiction Books for Teens

Whether the future is scientific or magical, on our planet or in space, there are so many options for good storytelling! Continue reading

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12 Magical Teen Fantasy Books on Hoopla

Here are some great fantasy books for teens to download from libraries whether or not their library is open to the public yet. Most of them are books I’ve personally enjoyed, with a few top of the TBR pile books thrown in as well.   Continue reading

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Middle School beyond the Margins: Song for a Whale and Keep it Together, Keiko Carter

These days, my work of trying to get books celebrating marginalized voices into kids’ hands seems too little, too slow.  I’m trying to find meaningful ways to support more current and active anti-racism work, while still keeping on with sharing … Continue reading

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YA Blockbusters: Aurora Rising and Call Down the Hawk

Here are two series-starters by authors of previous hot, hot YA series, both of which my teen and I have enjoyed. Aurora Rising was on my #CybilsReadDown lists, while Call Down the Hawk was the last book I took notes … Continue reading

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Modern Life with Gods: Race to the Sun and Maya and the Rising Dark

Here are two books from my #CybilsReadDown pile, both exciting contemporary fantasy in which modern-day kids find that their culture’s traditional Gods are, let’s say, highly relevant to their present lives.  Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. Read by … Continue reading

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8 Realistic Fiction Books for Kids on Hoopla

Once again this week, I’m giving a list of tried-and-true favorites plucked from the vast array of choices available from Hoopla Digital.  This week, I thought I’d focus on realistic fiction, since (as counter-intuitive as it feels to me personally), … Continue reading

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Enjoying What Is: Paladin’s Grace and Iron Hearted Violet

It’s so easy to make things harder for ourselves by focusing on the way we think things should be, rather than the way things really are.  Here are two stories (Paladin’s Grace for adults, Iron Hearted Violet for kids) about … Continue reading

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