Tag Archives: contemporary fantasy

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 pooky summer story with ties to African-American history, was perfect vacation reading this year. Continue reading

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Modern Magic: 12 Tantalizing Tales for Teens

Here’s the third in my series of teen fantasy and science fiction lists, working together with my library’s teen librarian and intern. Enjoy! Continue reading

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A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese.

Here’s a moving adventure from the author of the Above World trilogy, reviewing as part of the #CybilsReadDown. Thanks to Charlotte of Charlotte’s Library (link to her review) for the review copy!   A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese. … Continue reading

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The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

I am breaking a trend – I just realized my last three books reviewed all had “dragon in the title.  Here’s another book that I was really looking forward to this year.  I first listened to it on my own … Continue reading

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The Lifters by David Eggers

The Lifters by David Eggers. Read by Dion Graham. Listening Library, 2018. Granite Flowerpetal’s father named him Granite to be a strong name – but starting school in a new town, Granite has decided to try being Gran instead.  They’ve … Continue reading

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Magisterium 4 and 5: the Silver Mask and the Golden Tower

It’s the finale to a series that my son and I have been following since it started in 2014 with The Iron Trial. Reader be warned – spoilers are unavoidable. The Silver Mask. Magisterium Book 4 by Holly Black and … Continue reading

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Magical Transportation: The Train of Lost Things and the Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

Here are some more of my Cybils reading – two transportation-based fantasies (for a middle grade audience, of course.) The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette. Philomel Books, 2018. Here’s a new book by the author of the Princess Juniper … Continue reading

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Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort and the 11:11 Wish

Here are two about adjusting to middle school and the friend shifting that happens. Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor. HarperCollins, 2018. Introverted, imaginative Maggie, who is white, is a one-friend kind of girl.  She’s spent most … Continue reading

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The Magicians of Caprona and The Seventh Wish

Here are some short takes catching up on my reading during Cybils season. The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones. Greenwillow Books 2001, 1980. This is a relatively stand-alone volume in the Chrestomanci series, in which he appears (as … Continue reading

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