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Books I’m So Excited For I Pre-Ordered Them

Pre-orders mean a lot to authors. They help to generate buzz for a book, to build anticipation. I try and pre-order as much as possible, especially books/series/authors that I love, because (just like leaving an Amazon review) it’s another way of saying “I support you” to an author. HOWEVER, I’m also a broke PhD student,… Continue reading Books I’m So Excited For I Pre-Ordered Them

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January 2019 | Books I read + Podcasts I Loved

Why does January always feel about a billion years long? It seems to go on and on, and I’m always excited when February comes around. I’m *still* very slowly recovering from that horrible infection I got last year, so tried to take it easy/not get ill again this month (a very silly aim, January =… Continue reading January 2019 | Books I read + Podcasts I Loved

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Review: Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd

Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mum’s favourite explorers. Two amazing, fearless, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn’t always feel very brave or very bright. She lives on a windblown island in a creaky old house right beneath the North Star. Her dad is sad and… Continue reading Review: Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd

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My Top Ten Books of 2018 (They’re all Middle Grade–Try to Act Surprised!)

As it’s nearly the last day of the last month of the year, I decided to do a traditional top-ten book list. Because I read SO MANY good books this year, I’m also gonna do a top sequels of the year (they’re also middle grade, I know, shocker!). The Storm Keeper’s Island by Cat Doyle… Continue reading My Top Ten Books of 2018 (They’re all Middle Grade–Try to Act Surprised!)

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Review: The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters — and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea. On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome… Continue reading Review: The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

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Review: The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell

A nonstop middle-grade fantasy adventure, The Train to Impossible Places by debut author P. G. Bell is as fun as it is full of heart, and the first book of a planned trilogy. A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on… Continue reading Review: The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell

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Middle Grade Books with Great LGBTQA+ Rep

Something that makes me SO happy is seeing diverse rep in books. It’s so important that books reflect the reality we live in, and it’s especially important for middle grade readers–in such a formative period of their lives–to read books that celebrate diversity. Today I’m starting a sort-of series on my blog, highlighting some of… Continue reading Middle Grade Books with Great LGBTQA+ Rep