Tag Archives: contemporary fantasy

Witchlings by Claribel Ortega

Claribel Ortega’s newest middle grade fantasy, Witchlings, is an appealing mix of friendship, danger, and magic set in a contemporary fantasy world filled with whimsical details. 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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That Thing about Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar

A girl who’s always loved Bollywood but keeps her feelings locked up suddenly unable to stop singing and dancing about them – and everyone else thinks it’s normal. Continue reading

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The Wild Huntsboys by Martin Stewart

The deprivations of wartime London mix with the modern era and dark fairies.   Continue reading

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Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

12-year-old Nathan’s summer on the reservation gets a whole lot more interesting when he has to rescue a dying young water monster, connecting more with his Navajo culture in the process. Continue reading

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More Modern Adventures with Gods: Girl Giant and the Monkey King and City of the Plague God

Two stories in which modern-day kids get entangled with the living mythology of their culture, both great for fans of the Percy Jackson books. Continue reading

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe is a ground-breaking contemporary teen fantasy that blends the new with Lipan Apache traditions. Continue reading

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Unicorn Island by Donna Galanti

Here is a sweet and exciting fantasy for kids bridging up from early chapter books. Unicorn Island by Donna Galanti. Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe. Epic!/Andrews McMeel, 2021. ISBN 978-1524864705. Review copy received from the publisher.   As the story opens, our … Continue reading

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Blog Tour! THE IN-BETWEEN by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

I am so excited today to be part of the blog tour for this spooky, twisty brand-new middle grade book, THE IN-BETWEEN by Rebecca K.S. Ansari. Continue reading

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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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