Tag Archives: youth science fiction

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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3 Fantasies about Bullying: The Insiders, Friend Me, and the Nightmare Thief

As an empathic adult who was bullied as a child, bullying is always very painful for me to read about. But it happens all too frequently, and it is dishonest for adults to deny kids the opportunity to read about … Continue reading

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Blog Tour! STOWAWAY by John David Anderson with GIVEAWAY

Join the blog tour for beloved author John David Anderson’s latest book, STOWAWAY, an exciting space adventure with a whole lot of heart. Continue reading

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2020 Cybils Finalists and Ones that Got Away

Here is the list of official Cybils finalists in my category, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – as well as a list of personal favorites that didn’t make it to this round. Continue reading

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Leaving Safety: The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric

Here are two stories of girls – one past, one future – leaving the safety of their homes for the first time, and the adventures that follow. Continue reading

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Top 13 Books I Missed Reviewing in the Past Year for Top 10 Tuesday

Because I couldn’t pick just 10, here are the top 13 books I read over the past year and didn’t write full reviews of for Top Ten Tuesday. 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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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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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Science fiction mixes with Korean mythology in this book by acclaimed adult SF writer Yoon Ha Lee.  Of course I had to read it! Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. Read by Kim Mai Guest. Rick Riordan Presents/Listening Library, 2019. … Continue reading

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A Week of Reading

Today I looked at the pages of review notes I have and decided to just give you shorter reviews of the books I read this week.  It’s a big mix of styles – two realistic fiction (one teen and one … Continue reading

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