Tag Archives: youth fantasy

The Merlin Conspiracy

My son and I have been reading Diana Wynne Jones together, both on audio and me reading aloud to him.  This is the second book in the duology that begins with Deep Secret, which so far only I have read. … Continue reading

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Short Takes: House of Shadows, Girl Who Drank the Moon, Furthermore

Every so often, I realize that I am reading faster than I can write reviews.  Time passes, my friends, and I cannot seem to make more of it no matter how hard I try.   So here is an exercise in … Continue reading

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A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge

This was a book that I had been waiting for five years to be published in the US, and had hoped in vain that some family member would buy for me from the UK.  I had already read and enjoyed … Continue reading

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A Little Taste of Poison

I have been faithfully making my lists of the top 10 books I’ve missed from the previous year for the last several years now (Here are my lists for books from 2016, 2015 and 2014).  And every year, I never … Continue reading

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The Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass

Last year, my library started subscribing to a digital service called hoopla.  As I was browsing through the children’s audiobook selection, I found a 2009 Cybils finalist – from before I started following the Cybils, but had wanted to go … 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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The Goblin’s Puzzle

This is me, slowly making my way through the Cybils Middle Grade Spec Fic finalists. The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. The boy has known nothing but the life of a slave, and believes further … Continue reading

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Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded

Here’s one of the books I was very excited to see coming out this year, from the author of Jinx.  I was even more excited to see a galley in my kids’ school’s March is Reading month temporary Little Free … 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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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

The winner of this year’s Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Cybils Award! Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan. Disney-Hyperion, 2016. Young Thorn, after a series of events gone wrong that are slowly disclosed to the reader, is up for sale as a … Continue reading

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