Category Archives: Fantasy

Nightbooks by J.A. White

Here’s a brief take on another one of the books I read for the Cybils.   Nightbooks by J.A. White. Harper Collins Childrens, 2018. Alex is tired of being made fun of for being different. He’s on his way to … Continue reading

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A Sprinkle of Spirits: Love Sugar Magic Book 2

I really enjoyed Anna Meriano’s first book in the Love Sugar Magic series, A Dash of Trouble, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour for the second book, which just came out February 5. … Continue reading

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Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears It All for MCBD 2019

It’s time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!!!  This is a longer post – keep reading for information on giveaways, the twitter party, and my review of the book I was sent by author sponsor Jacqueline Jules. Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 … Continue reading

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The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Continuing on with reviewing our 2018 Cybils finalists. The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst. Clarion Books, 2018. The stone girl Mayka is the oldest of the stone creatures carved by the Stonemason she called Father, who knew the … Continue reading

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Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Back to some Cybils books while I tabulate more end-of-year things. Sweep: the Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier. Amulet Books, 2018. Nan Sparrow lived with the Sweep, a kindly man who took care of her, teaching … Continue reading

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12 more Cybils titles I loved

One of the things I love about the Cybils awards are the many books I get to try that I wouldn’t get around to otherwise.  One of the hardest parts is making a shortlist of only seven books, because I … Continue reading

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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

I’m not having a lot of time to write reviews with my kids home from school and seeing friends and family for the holidays, but here’s one more Cybils nominee review to tide you over until the finalists are announced … Continue reading

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3 Holiday Picture Books + Bonus Craft Book

This year, I was given a last-minute request to read a Christmas book to the Girl Scout Junior troop. Here’s what I found on the shelves. Under the Christmas Tree by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. HarperCollins, 2002. This … Continue reading

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The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Scholastic, 2018. Marinka has lived in the house with chicken legs all her life, helping Baba Yaga.  Others may see her as an ugly and dangerous hag, but Marinka knows her as … Continue reading

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The Art of the Swap and The Magic Misfits: the Second Story

The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone. Simon and Schuster Kids, 2018. Hannah is the caretaker’s daughter in the Elms, a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.  She annoys the docents by listening in on tours and … Continue reading

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