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Mansions, Mysteries & the Fair Folk in Thirteens and The Clockwork Crow

Here are two Cybils-nominated fantasy books, one contemporary and one fantasy, one set at Halloween and one at Christmas, that nevertheless have many elements in common, including the exploration of mostly empty mansions and stopping the disappearance of children at the hands of the Fae. Continue reading

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8 Winter Fantasy Books for Middle Grade Readers

Here are a selection of Christmas, Yule, and general winter-themed books for 4th through 8th grade readers. 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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Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

We’re having our first snow of the season today – a perfect time to review a wintery book. Winterhouse by Ben Guterson. Illustrated by Chloe Bristol. Henry Holt, 2018. Orphaned book-lover Elizabeth Somers lives with her horrible Aunt Purdy and … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Greenglass House

It’s been three long years since we were first introduced to Milo Pine and his parents in their fabulous inn at Greenglass House.  I was very excited that the new book was nominated for the Cybils, so that I had … Continue reading

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Books are the Best Gifts

I’ve been snowbound with squirrelly kids the last few days, so I haven’t had a chance to write up my reactions to the Cybils Shortlist announcements yet… hopefully tomorrow. But go check them out in the meantime – lots and … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Fantasies for Christmas

Merry Christmas, for those who celebrate it! Here, in no particular order, are some old, beloved middle-grade fantasy books for Christmas. All except for Wintersmith are ones that I reread every year as a child. Children of Green Knowe by … Continue reading

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