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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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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Recently, Maureen at By Singing Light had a post called Not the Chosen One.  This is one of the books she talked about, which I just happen to have finished recently. It’s also one I considered putting on my Top 10 … Continue reading

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Twofer: I’m with Cupid and Shadows of Sherwood

I’m with Cupid by Anna Staniszewski. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015. Marcus and Lena are middle school-aged matchmaker and soul collector, with both the strengths and the weaknesses to fit these skills.  Lena likes life to be neatly organized, enjoys being able … Continue reading

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Shadowshaper

This book was making the rounds of my favorite blogs – The Book Smugglers, Charlotte’s Library, By Singing Light  – and I couldn’t resist it.  It’s one I loved so much that I don’t know if I’ll be able to … Continue reading

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Long Black Curl

This is the third Tufa book after The Hum and the Shiver and Wisp of a Thing. Thanks to Tor for sending this to me! (It is lucky for me I work at a library as well, or I could … Continue reading

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones. Illustrated by Katie Kath. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Sophie is not really happy about her family’s move from LA to rural California, as she writes mostly in letters to her … Continue reading

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Bone Gap

Oh, look! One of my top ten books of the year so far. Once again, I loved it so much I’m not sure that my review will do it justice… but as lots of other people have loved it as well, … Continue reading

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

Still on the “life getting out of hand” subject, I just realized that I never reviewed this book that I finished on Valentine’s Day, though it’s still one of my favorites so far this year. I’ll give it a try … Continue reading

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Three Gentle Fantasies

Apologies for the silence, friends. My daughter just spent the week in the hospital – something that goes along with being a transplant recipient. Fortunately, her liver was not affected and the doctors think she’s on the mend. Also, a … Continue reading

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The Cracks in the Kingdom

There was a big to-do around the book blogosphere when the first book in this series, A Corner of White, came out last year. They were giving away the book with a Moleskine journal and a mug in matching colors, … Continue reading

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