Category Archives: Audiobook

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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#MGReadathon Finish Line

Here’s my wrap-up, with reviews of It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit and Valentina Salazar is NOT a Monster Hunter. Continue reading

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The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

Here’s another lovely Thai-inspired historical fiction/fantasy book from Christina Soontornvat, whose earlier books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen won Newbery Honors the same year. Continue reading

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Here’s a beautiful and chewy historical novel that lives up to its slew of awards – a Cybils Young Adult Fiction finalist in addition to the four pictured on the cover. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. … Continue reading

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Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Who’s up for a steampunk mystery in 1912 Cairo, featuring a dapper young female agent? Continue reading

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Nightingale by Deva Fagan and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julie Abe

Nightingale by Deva Fagan and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julie Abe are two adventure-filled books from my 2021 Cybils reading that I discovered during my 2020 Cybils reading. Continue reading

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2021 Cybils Finalists and Ones that Got Away

Here’s my annual post about the 2021 Cybils finalists and the ones I wish could have made the already excellent list. Continue reading

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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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