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Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians… When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food… Continue reading Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Review: The Star-spun Web by Sinéad O’Hart

With her passion for scientific experimentation and her pet tarantula Violet, Tess de Sousa is no ordinary orphan. When a stranger shows up at Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings, claiming to be a distant relative come to adopt her, Tess hopes to find some answers to her mysterious origins. But as she adjusts to… Continue reading Review: The Star-spun Web by Sinéad O’Hart

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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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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

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Review: The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar… Continue reading Review: The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave