Tag Archives: youth fantasy

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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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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Rebellion of Thieves

Rebellion of Thieves. Robyn Hoodlum Book 2 by Kekla Magoon. Bloomsbury, 2016. The adventures of Robyn Hoodlum, a Robin Hood for a dystopian future which began in Shadows of Sherwood continue!  Robyn’s done a great job of spreading awareness of … Continue reading

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