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The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince
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
The Luck Uglies (The Luck Uglies #1)
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
Sword Mountain (Swordbird, #2)
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
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
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!"
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
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
A Plague of Bogles
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)
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
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
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
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
The Language of Trees
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)
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)
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
Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck
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
Dragonborn (The Flaxfield Quartet, #1)
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
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
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
The Doll People Set Sail (Doll People, #4)
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
Nuts to You
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
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
How to Catch a Bogle (Bogle #1)
As book 1 in the trilogy, there is a lot of "setting up" of people, places, and plot. It took a while for any action, although it became quite excitin ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2014
When You Reach Me
What an interesting, well-written book--the kind that replayed in my mind as I read and which, I am sure, will continue to ruminate for days as I work ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Appelt is a storyteller. Her stories are long and winding, but worth the effort that goes in to reading them. I read most of this in short snippets of ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
A Monster Calls
Conor's mother is dying of cancer and he's afraid and plagued with guilt. He is also suffering with a recurring nightmare and bullying at school. He t ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Starry River of the Sky
I was somewhat leery when I picked this up since I loved the first one so. Lin, however, didn't let me down as she has woven another magical tale knit ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
I started reading this with some trepidation, as I love Grimm's tales and hate their bastardization. Gidwitz succeeds amazingly well as he weaves the ...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Henry's Hand
Strange story about a monster losing one of his parts (hand) and life without it and of the hand’s rag-to-riches life in the city leading to their rec ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2013
Red Wagon
Going to market for mother sounds more like a chore than the play Lucy (a small fox) envisioned. The disparity between the text and the illustrations ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Hokey Pokey
Spinelli's created an interesting setting and structure, but I found the book difficult to get into. That being said, I don't regret finishing it and ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
The Real Boy
Interesting fantasy that explores what it means to be human, love and loss, power and greed through the story of an odd youngster serving as the "hand ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
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