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Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by tor.com
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) On the Goodreads author page, there's another book, but it won't be released until 2019.
Melissa I definitely recommend starting from Every Heart a Doorway. This book contains a lot of references to that book and while I don''t think it would be…moreI definitely recommend starting from Every Heart a Doorway. This book contains a lot of references to that book and while I don''t think it would be particularly confusing t not have background for those references, it would definitely give them more background. You can understand and enjoy this book just fine without reading the other two, but this book IS more of a direct sequel to Every Heart a Doorway than just an ordinary standalone. Plus, if you read this one first, you'll be spoiled for events in EHaD if you decide to go back and read it.

On top of all that, all of the books are fantastic and I definitely recommend all of them regardless!(less)

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Emily May
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.

It's not often I give books in a series three five stars in a row, but these stories just speak to an inner part of me - the curious, feminist adventurer who longed for nothing more than to follow Lucy through
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Melanie

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★

This is my 100th review of 2017! And I couldn’t have picked a better book! Beneath the Sugar Sky is another amazing installment in the Wayward Children series and it starts out right back at Eleanor West's magical boarding school. And this book heavily centers around one of my favorite characters from Every Heart a Doorway, Sumi!

“There is kindness in the world, if we
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Emma Giordano
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Wayward Children series has stolen my heart yet again. What a wonderful third installment to an already fantastic series!

As always, Seanan McGuire has one of the most eloquent writing styles of which I have ever had the pleasure of indulging in. Her prose is truly magical, allowing you to feel as if you are beside these characters, engulfed in their whimsical worlds. I’m not a writing buff in the least, but Seanan McGuide makes me melt every single time.

I particularly LOVED how we got to see
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karen
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Nobody promised me a happy ending. They didn't even promise me a happy existence."

i love this series so dingdang much. it’s true that i gave this one four stars instead of the five stars i gave to the other two, but it’s a really high four stars. there’s been no decline in writing quality, character development, or worldbuilding, not even a little bit. the only thing i liked somewhat less here than the first two books is that it’s a slightly less dark tone on top of a quest storyline, and quest
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 2/9/18: So I decided to re-read this one already because my hold of the audiobook came through at my library and I have to say that I ended up lowering my rating by one star. While I loved the plus size rep and all the characters in this one, I just didn’t love the story of this one nearly as much as I did with the previous two novels. Womp to the max :c

Original read 1/22/18: You guys. This book was so magical and just plain fantastic. Nothing makes me happier than a series I love doing
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I know, I know. 2 stars? 2 stars!?

Well friends, my expectations for this book were sky high & 2 stars is actually being generous. Considering it took me a whole month of slogging through 10 pages at a time of this 176 page book, I think 2 stars is being very generous indeed.

McGuire largely missed the mark with her third installment of the Wayward Children series. In fact, the only part of this I thoroughly enjoyed was her writing style. She is whimsical & straightforward in the same bre
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*4.5/5

I love this series so much. I want a hundred books.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale, arc
On sale now! the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, we return to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, that haven for children and teens who once found their way through portals to other, magical worlds but have been involuntarily returned to ours. At Eleanor West’s boarding school, at least they find others who believe them
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
This series just keeps getting better.
“Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious.”

This is seriously one of the best worlds I've ever come across in YA and I want 10,000 more of these novellas. But wow, let me just gu
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Audiobook Re-read Review (2018):
So I stand by everything I said in my original review (below) about the fat rep being too heavy handed for my preference, but it's either less noticeable in the audio format, or some of the mentions were taken out of the finished copy. I could still notice some instances where it felt pointless and like the character was being reduced to this one thing, but the statements about weight were overall positive and I do feel like positive fat rep is MUCH needed. So f
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destiny ☠ howling libraries
#1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
#4 In An Absent Dream ???

Every time I think I can’t love Seanan McGuire any more than I already do, I read another of her stories, and I’m proven wrong. She is such an incredible storyteller, and she portrays the most necessary, important perspectives on the world and on how humans treat one another, and I am so here for it, always and forever.

Day after day, she had learned that “fat” was anothe
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Philip
3.75ish stars.

Maybe my most anticipated read of the year. To say I loved Every Heart a Doorway would be an understatement, and I thought Down Among the Sticks and Bones was really wonderful, too. Couldn't wait to get back to the school!

While the world is still enchanting and creative, and while it's often funny and sometimes profound, it also feels like McGuire phoned this one in. It seems rushed and sloppy. There isn't as much character development as I expected there to be, based on the first
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Raeleen Lemay
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #34: Read a Book That's Published in 2018

There is just something so magical about Seanan McGuire's writing that makes reading her books feel almost nostalgic, all while being completely original. In this series, tons of different worlds exist and they each have their own set of quirks and rules, which completely reminds me of how I felt discovering the Wizarding World or Narnia for the first time. Mix that with an amazingly diverse cast of characters, a
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Hamad
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.”

🌟 This series simply keep getting better and that is always a good thing although keeping this progression may be hard. My favorite introduction was the one for the 2nd book but this had a good intro nonetheless.

🌟 This takes place after the first book so it is a continuation of the story, but the main character is not Nancy this time and it was the other characters from book one in addition to
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may ❀
🎉🎉 book #7 done for the booktubeathon ✔ 🎉🎉

this series is so deliciously whimsical and just the right amount of creepy and ughhh i love. its like i want to live in seanan mcguire's head bc it seems like such an imaginative, unrestricted place

just like the physical book, the audiobook was fantastic and very short in length. i had so much fun listening to it.

this book is like basically like walking through a darker version of candyland and i approve

4.5 stars!!

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Buddy read
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✨    jamieson   ✨
“Just keep getting through until you don’t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is.”


FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED

I AM SO GLAD I HEAR SEANAN MCGUIRE IS WRITING MORE WAYWARD CHILDREN BOOKS BECAUSE I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS IS THE END God, I love these book soo much. I love this series and this world and these characters so much

I actually think I possibly liked Beneath the Sugar Sky the most of the three? Even more then Every Heart a Doorway?? But it was just SO FUNNY AN
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Bradley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Modern fairy tales. Gotta love them, especially when they take twelve core hearts and totally run with them, allowing an almost meta world-building full of magical doors taking the young at heart (or obsessional) directly to their best dreamland. :)

This third book in the Wayward Children novellas doesn't disappoint. It's Candy Crush land and Mermaids, with a little mix of the skeletal dead and some time travel. Everything a fantasy lover needs, right? Right!

And I think I liked this one a bit mor
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Beneath the Sugar Sky takes readers back to the world of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, but not to a moment in time before the events of the first book. It is a sequel rather than a prequel.

I found it strangely satisfying in a way that Down Among the Sticks and Bones was not.

"They can be hard for their families to understand, those returned, used-up miracle children. They sound like liars to people who never had a doorway of their own." pg 7, ebook.

And instead of just one world other
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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I loved this! This may be my favorite in the series. I need more!
Nadia Awadi
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Reading this book in Ramadan is a fun way to torture yourself. I mean all those sweets made my mouth water, and I couldn't even drink anything.

Rating 3,75 stars

The Plot
I seriously can't think of anything to write. Sorry.

The Characters
We have a crew to save the day which reminded me of Six of crows:

Kade
I love you! That's all you have to know.

Cora
I liked her a lot. She saved a boy twice which regardless of her personality makes her a bad ass in my book. She is a new student at the school
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Delightful!
Elena May
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
“They can be hard for their families to understand, those returned, used-up miracle children. They sound like liars to people who never had a doorway of their own. They sound like dreamers. They sound... unwell, to the charitable, and simply sick to the cruel.”

The Wayward Children series continues to be strong, but I felt this book doesn’t reach the same level as the previous two.

We are back at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, where children who have spent time in portal worlds are
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Maxwell
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
[3.5 stars]

Another solid addition to the series. I enjoy these for what they are—fun, creative stories with a great diverse cast of characters—but I also find them a bit forgettable, even as I'm reading them. That being said, they're perfect escapist reads and I loved the 'candyland' aspect of this one.
Imane
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it, if we never stop denying it the door.”
―Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky


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Not my favorite of the series but still a very enjoyable read. Seanan McGuire writes beautifully and the ideas within this novel are amazing, the flowery and striking writing fit perfectly the overall whimsical tone, but when it came to the plot, i found it to be a bit boring and felt like it didn't go anywhere or matter much.
Celeste
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

It’s sad when a perfectly decent story leaves you disappointed, but that’s how I feel about this little novella. I absolutely loved Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. They were both deep and meaningful and had important things to say about accepting yourself no matter how different you are and finding your place, whether it’s in this world or another. They spoke about how adults don’t see children as their equals, and un
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amy
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
fairytales on crack is my new favorite book genre
Trish
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is kindness in the world - if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.

This is the third book in the Wayward Children series that tells of a "school" full of children that, at one point or another, have all travelled to different magical worlds but are now stranded in our normal one (at least until they can find their door back). Eleanor West provides a safe-haven so they can escape the world and all the expectations that come with it until (hopefully) they can go
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Gary
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
McGuire’s sequel to her Hugo and Nebula winning novella Every Heart a Doorway is just as charming, and even more adventurous. A girl named Rini falls from the sky claiming to be the daughter of Sumi, a former student at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. But Sumi was murdered as a teenager, and had no children, so how can Rini even exist in the first place? A madcap, portal-hopping adventure ensues, taking McGuire’s heroes from our world to the land of the dead, then to Sumi’s and Rini’s ...more
Steven
I loved jumping around and seeing more worlds in this one, just like in the last one we got to see into Jack and Jill's world of The Moors. In this one, we get descriptions of a few more worlds, and we get some actual action taking place in Nancy's Land of the Dead, Sumi and Rini's Confection, etc.

How does Seanan constantly come up with more amazing things? She's so talented and imaginative. I think she needs to be my Patronus. :P
Emma
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.


4.5 stars.

I loved that this one had more of an ensemble cast and explored another new world! The premise is a bit spoilery if you haven’t read Every Heart a Doorway, but this story essentially follows several new characters—Cora, Nadya, and Rini—on an adventure to Confection, a world crafted entirely from sugar. They’re also accompanied by Kade and Christopher, and Nancy shows up briefly as wel
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“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.” 21 likes
“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible. Adulthood brings limitations like gravity and linear space and the idea that bedtime is a real thing, and not an artificially imposed curfew. Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious. Childhood melts, and flights of fancy are replaced by rules. Tornados kill people: they don’t carry them off to magical worlds. Talking foxes are a sign of fever, not guides sent to start some grand adventure.
But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.”
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