Tag Archives: contemporary fantasy

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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Hour of the Bees

I’m celebrating Latin@ books this week, today with lyrical and leisurely middle grade fantasy Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. Continue reading

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Labyrinth Lost

A Brooklyn teen must come to terms with her inherited bruja powers in this Cybils young adult speculative fiction finalist. Continue reading

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Evil Wizard Smallbone

Today, a review of a Cybils Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction finalist. The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman. Candlewick, 2017. Nick Reynaud’s life has been harsh since his mother died, leaving him in the hands of his uncle and cousin Jerry, … Continue reading

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Me and Marvin Gardens and Ninja Librarians: The Sword in the Stacks

Here are two recent middle grade books that I was inspired to read by Kidlitcon, as both of these authors were there. Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King. Arthur A. Levine Books, January 31, 2017. I received this … Continue reading

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3 Middle Grade Fantasies: the Left-Handed Fate, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, When the Sea Turned to Silver

The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. Henry Holt, 2016. It’s a little hard for me to review this books in part because of how deeply I fell for it.  The year is 1812, and Lucy, the … Continue reading

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