Tag Archives: contemporary fantasy

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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The Copycat by Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Here’s a school- and family-focused contemporary fantasy for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction. Continue reading

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Magical Black Girls: A Song Below Water and Snapdragon

Here are two tales of girls coming to terms with their own magic, A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow and Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. Continue reading

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Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon. Margaret K. McElderry, 2020. ISBN 978-1534449671. Read from library copy.  Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a little too much on her plate and not enough support.  Her grandmother, Wela, has been asleep for weeks … Continue reading

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Just South of Home by Karen Strong

Just South of Home by Karen Strong, a spooky summer story with ties to African-American history, was perfect vacation reading this year. Continue reading

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