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The League of Secret Heroes: Cape and Mask by Kate Hannigan

Once again, being behind both in reading and reviewing means that I get to review the first two books of a series at the same time.  I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Kate Hannigan so far (see Cupcake … 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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Magical Middle School: 12 Speculative Fiction School Stories

Here are twelve tales of magic at middle school – you only wish your school were this exciting! Continue reading

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The Girl and the Witch’s Garden and Catalyst

Here are two new middle grade fantasies that appear light on the surface, but address serious issues underneath – The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman and Catalyst by Sarah Beth Durst. Continue reading

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Sequels: The Jumbie God’s Revenge and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

Here are two great middle grade speculative fiction sequels – The Jumbie God’s Revenge by Tracey Baptiste and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez – the first of which is the selection for the current round of the Generations Book Club from the Brown Bookshelf. Continue reading

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3 Atmospheric Middle Grade Fantasies

The clock is ticking on the #CybilsReadDown, so as I’ve once again been reading faster than I can review, I’m going to jump back to try to finish up some of the books that I read early on in quarantine.   … Continue reading

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The Thief Knot by Kate Milford

The Thief Knot by Kate Milford is a welcome return to the world of Greenglass House, an urgent mystery set in the last few days before school lets out for the summer. Continue reading

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Beautiful Fantasies: Mulan: Before the Sword and A Wish in the Dark

Here are two recent middle grade fantasies that both feature thoughtful main characters involved in epic adventures.  I’m reviewing them together because of that similarity, but hey, it’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so if you’re still looking for a book to read to celebrate, both of these are excellent choices. Continue reading

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Enjoying What Is: Paladin’s Grace and Iron Hearted Violet

It’s so easy to make things harder for ourselves by focusing on the way we think things should be, rather than the way things really are.  Here are two stories (Paladin’s Grace for adults, Iron Hearted Violet for kids) about … Continue reading

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The Chaos Curse by Sayantani DasGupta.

So far (as usual), I’m doing a better job of keeping up with reading than reviewing for my #CybilsReadDown challenge.  I have Charlotte of Charlotte’s Library to thank for the Advanced Reader’s Copy of this again, though it came out … Continue reading

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