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The Luck Uglies (The Luck Uglies, #1)
it was amazing
Enter into the village of Drowning, where Bog Nobles once lived. Or do they still? Eleven-year-old Rye lives there with her two good friends, her moth ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince
liked it
What led to the Beast’s curse? Using the classic Disney movie as her starting point, Valentino gives us her interpretation of what led to his unhappy ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney #2)
really liked it
The second book in the “Legends of Orkney” trilogy opens with Sam battling the witches following the evil witch Catriona, who wants to use her dark ma ...more
Aug 22, 2016
Aug 01, 2016
Sword Mountain (Swordbird, #2)
liked it
Fan continues her third book in the “Swordbird” series with the return of Prince Fleydeur to Sword Mountain, bringing with him his music and the young ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
A Clatter of Jars
it was ok
Lots of characters and a murky plot line led to a disappointing g read. Returning to her people having talents world, Graff focuses on 8 campers with ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is driving her mother crazy! Sophronia is most unladylike and tinkers with machinery, leading her mother to jump at the ch ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
I Said, "Bed!"
liked it
A young lad resists when Mom says, “Go to bed.” He flat out refuses and hides under the bed; but, with teddy bear in hand, he is tucked under the cove ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 30, 2014
Following Grandfather
liked it
Wells has written a sweet story about the bond between a young mouse, Jenny, and her grandfather. Grandfather "immigrated" from Italy on a ship and ra ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
it was amazing
This is a great read-aloud, crossing age groups well. Princess Cora has doting parents who are very concerned about her ability to be a strong, learne ...more
Apr 16, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
A Plague of Bogles (City of Orphans, #2)
liked it
With Birdie now living with Miss Eames, Jem Barbary takes center stage in this sequel to How to Catch a Bogle. He’s been bouncing from job to job sinc ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
The Demon's Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon, #3)
it was ok
Sin’s world is complicated. The Goblin Market, part of an alternative London in this urban fantasy where Sin dances to summon demons, has been its cen ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
it was amazing
Ursu successfully mixes fantasy with realism in her tale of wanting, loss, loneliness, and loyalty. Hazel thought she and Jack would be best friends f ...more
May 18, 2012
May 08, 2012
The Secret Keepers
really liked it
Reuben has found a watch, but not just any watch. It is an antique, missing a hand, and only runs for fifteen minutes at a time. Having recently moved ...more
Oct 18, 2016
Oct 05, 2016
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
it was amazing
Not every writer can pull off the story within a story, but Grace Lin does so with aplomb. Minli's father often eases life by telling Minli some of th ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
it was ok
In this lengthy sequel to Seraphina (Random House, 2012), the threat of war is looming larger and larger. Seraphina’s friends and rulers of Goredd, Pr ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
The Language of Trees
liked it
Local history, Seneca myths and legends, long-kept secrets, kidnapping, addiction, love--lost and found, are all packed into this novel. Small city li ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
Lord and Lady Bunny--Almost Royalty! (The Bunny's #2)
liked it
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny return, as does their friend Madeline. Mrs. Bunny is looking for a new job and decides she’d like to be Queen, so the pair set off ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
The Dark Deeps (The Hunchback Assignments, #2)
really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Modo is a disfigured, shape-shifting spy for England’s Permanent Association. In this second steampunk adventure of “The Hunchback A ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Fish Girl
liked it
Fish Girl has only known her life in a seaside aquarium tank, under the thumb (spear) of a man called Neptune who cares for her. Neptune is abusive, h ...more
Apr 28, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck
liked it
When goth teen Marlo Fauster claims she and her younger brother Milton have swapped bodies, she is sent to Fibble, where liars go. Trapped in her brot ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)
liked it
Tea discovers, at the age of thirteen, that she is a dark asha or bone witch and able to raise and control the dead. She is quickly taken by another d ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2017
Dragonborn (The Flaxfield Quartet, #1)
really liked it
12-year-old Sam is halfway through his apprenticeship with the wizard Flaxfield when Flaxfield dies, leaving Sam adrift. Flaxfield’s previous apprenti ...more
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
Handbook for Dragon Slayers
really liked it
Haskell has written a good middle grade fantasy, with a strong female character who has a misshaped foot and is also pigeon-toed. While Tilda is in mo ...more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
it was amazing
There’s a witch in the woods who each year is given the youngest babe as an offering to appease her—or so the elders of the Protectorate say. In actua ...more
Jan 04, 2017
Dec 27, 2016
it was amazing
A powerful and unique book--characters, setting, and plot are all necessary to weave this tale. Billingsley's unusual language is off-putting at first ...more
May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
Nuts to You
it was amazing
Adventure and humor abound in this cautionary tale populated by squirrels and narrated by the author, as told to her by the elderly squired Jed. Young ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker (The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, #1)
it was ok
Cory Feathering is following in her mother’s footsteps as a Tooth Fairy, but it’s just not for her! Despite her mother’s vehement objections, she noti ...more
Nov 30, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
West of the Moon
it was amazing
While dark, I thoroughly enjoyed this book that mixes folktales with actual history. Astri is a remarkable and complex character: strong, loving, and ...more
not set
Nov 10, 2014
The Doll People Set Sail (Doll People, #4)
really liked it
The Doll People are back in another exciting adventure! Packed into a box to be stored in the attic while their girls’ rooms are redone, the doll peop ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
The Lie Tree
really liked it
Very strong heroine is stuck by Victorian conventions about dress, intelligence, role of women overall. Her family suddenly relocates to a remote comm ...more
Jan 13, 2017
Dec 27, 2016
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