Category Archives: Audiobook

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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Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan, the author of Esperanza Rising and Echo, returns with Mañanaland, a Cybils nominee that falls right on the border of realism and fantasy. Continue reading

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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia is a dark but funny tale of monsters of Mexican myth and the preteens who battle them to rescue their friends perfect for your Halloween reading. Continue reading

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Magic, Friendship and Community: Muse Squad, Weird Little Robots, If We Were Giants

Every September before Cybils nominations open, I look around for eligible books that I can read in the meantime.  Here are three that I enjoyed that were not nominated, though there are still a few days for their publishers or … Continue reading

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African Superheroes: Shuri by Nic Stone and Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Here are two stories of African superheroes by African-American authors: Shuri by Nic Stone and Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor. Continue reading

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Top 13 Books I Missed Reviewing in the Past Year for Top 10 Tuesday

Because I couldn’t pick just 10, here are the top 13 books I read over the past year and didn’t write full reviews of for Top Ten Tuesday. Continue reading

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Thinky Thoughts: Four Nonfiction Books for Adults and Teens

Here are shorter takes on four recent nonfiction books for adults and teens. Continue reading

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