Diane Magras

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Diane Magras is author of the NYT Editors' Choice The Mad Wolf's Daughter , as well as its sequel, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter .

All things medieval fascinate Diane: castles, abbeys, swords, manuscripts, and the daily life of medieval people, especially those who weren’t royalty. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set.

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Diane Magras Yes, there will be a sequel out next spring, continuing the story with some new elements.
Diane Magras I'm so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for sharing that. I tried very hard to make my book unique, but probably the more comparable would be…moreI'm so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for sharing that. I tried very hard to make my book unique, but probably the more comparable would be DARK ANGELS (or THE SHADOW HUNT, in the U.S.) by Katherine Langrish. That's a fun, fascinating, well-researched medieval story taking place on the border of England and Wales in a world where it's uncertain whether magic is real or not, but legends abound and a strange feral child may actually be an elf. Pat Walsh's THE CROWFIELD CURSE is also beautifully researched, the tale of a medieval boy who lives at an abbey and is dealing with some rather nasty fae. It's full of magic, religion, and menace. And two more recent medieval stories: THE BOOK OF BOY (Catherine Gilbert Murdock), which has fantastic research as well as a touch of magic; and THE INQUISITOR'S TALE (Adam Gidwitz), also great research with more magic. As you can probably tell, I love to see a story researched. In THE MAD WOLF'S DAUGHTER, I chose not to use magic, as I wanted to see how far I could take the pressures of the medieval world on its own, and found that it provided plenty of drama. But these are all books I'd recommend as being great medieval middle grade.(less)
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The Mad Wolf's Daughter

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Aster has a problem. He’s 13, the age at which he should know the animal into which he will shapeshift, a crucial part of growing up as a boy in his magical family. But Aster feels no connection to any animal, and doubts he will ever learn to shift. He’s far more interested in the potions and spells that his sister and female cousins are learning as they mature into full witches. But he’s alway...

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Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy  Baldwin
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This book starts with a bang, but a quiet one with building tension, reflecting the feel of the story. Della wakes up for a drink of water and discovers her mother trying to pick out all the seeds of a watermelon in an effort to keep her family safe. ...more
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Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno
"As a children's librarian, when I talk to children about books, especially realistic fiction, I am always bringing up the images of books as windows. These windows open and we see how things might be, how things are, or how things were. Based on o..." Read more of this review »
Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno
"Thank you to Melissa Sarno for providing an ARC of Just Under the Clouds to #collabookation for review. Publication set for June 2018.
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This is a wonderful, sometimes funny, and always heartfelt tale of a Chinese-American immigrant dealing with the bias of America. For kids who aren't Chinese-American or don't know any Chinese-Americans, this is a great window into a culture. And for ...more
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Just Under the Clouds
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This is a powerhouse of a novel, the story of a girl struggling to keep a positive outlook on life despite pretty much everything crumbling in on her. Cora's father is gone, died from a heart attack. Her sister is "special" (a word that makes Cora cr ...more
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This is a powerful fable about girls who are forced to use their voices to produce gold for their rulers' wealth, as well as a girl whose voice can create more than gold: She breathes souls into stone. Never direct but beautifully subtle, this story ...more
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The House That Lou Built
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Within the first pages, we meet a girl from a big Filipino-American family who prefers power saws to dresses and is an ingenious inventor and architect. The author quickly puts us into her world, one in which she must share a bedroom with her mother ...more
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Every once in a while, I across a book that’s not just hard to put down, but draws me in instantly, with characters that open up in complicated ways, and a story that I connect to at once regardless of any difference I may have with that world. TIFFA ...more
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