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Generational Trauma and Healing: Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa and A Comb of Wishes

Here are two new middle grade fantasies that look at generational trauma through a fantasy lens, while being entertaining stories in their own right.  Continue reading

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Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand by Donna Galanti

Thanks so much to Donna Galanti for sending me the second book in this appealing not-quite-middle-grade series.  Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand by Donna Galanti. Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe. Epic!, 2022. Review copy kindly sent by the author.  Unicorn … Continue reading

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Ripped Away by Shirley Vernick

Here’s a new middle grade book combination of true crime, time travel, and historical fiction is sure to keep you turning the pages! Continue reading

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Nightingale by Deva Fagan and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julie Abe

Nightingale by Deva Fagan and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julie Abe are two adventure-filled books from my 2021 Cybils reading that I discovered during my 2020 Cybils reading. Continue reading

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Blog Tour: Riley’s Ghosts by John David Anderson

Once again, I’m very pleased to share the latest book by John David Anderson with you, this one a horror-filled ghost story. Keep reading for more, including a giveaway! Continue reading

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2021 Cybils Finalists and Ones that Got Away

Here’s my annual post about the 2021 Cybils finalists and the ones I wish could have made the already excellent list. Continue reading

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Dystopias: the Last Cuentista and the Monster Missions

Here are two Cybils nominees, very different stories of life after disaster on earth – one literary and set in space, one action-oriented, and set on an Earth entirely covered by oceans. Continue reading

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The Monsters of Rookhaven by Pádraig Kenny

A fantasy from Irish author Pádraig Kenny that strikes a balance between scary, adventuresome, and thoughtful. Continue reading

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3 Fantasies by Award-Winning Authors: Willodeen, the Beatryce Prophecy, and the Robber Girl

Here are three Cybils-nominated books, all of them by authors who have already won major awards – Kate DiCamillo, Katherine Applegate, and Franny Billingsly. All three are also about children finding meaning and a new life after major trauma. Continue reading

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3 Scary Stories: Temple Alley Summer, Ghost Girl, and Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Here’s some more of my Cybils reading – ranked roughly in order from least to most frightening. Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba. Translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa. Illustrated by Miho Satake Yonder, 2021 ISBN 978-1632063038 Read from library copy.  Fifth-grade … Continue reading

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