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The Slug Queen Chronicles: Season One

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She never believed in fairies... until one set its sights on her little brother. Now, she must risk everything to get him back.

On her twelfth birthday, Cricket Kane uncovers a chilling secret--tooth fairies have stopped collecting single teeth and have resorted to kidnapping children instead. When her brother is taken, the fairy leaves a changeling and a toxic black dust
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Expected publication: March 28th 2020
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Amber
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook ARC from the author, publisher, and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cricket has always been weird and could see smoke of all colors as well as wanted to catch the tooth fairy. When the tooth fairy a.k.a. "Gibber Snatch" kidnaps her baby brother Tristan instead of her baby teeth, Cricket goes to the land of fairies called Faeryland to go save her brother. Will she save him and her world in time or will they be all doomed? Read on and find
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Anubha Ghoshal
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Wait! I took off after him. Santa's a girl? Ofcourse, she is! Fenlick yelled back. But her name is not Santa, it's Kamorra-- Kamorra Claus. Her husband, Alfrigg, has been the acting santa in her absence."

This book transports you to a world with female santas, pux and pixens, cats who can talk, huge wild rabits, slugwums and most importantly fairy dust.

The plot of this book revolves around an 11 year old Cricket who's mother died just after she was born, she is living with her dad, step mom and
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Melanie
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think it has been so long since I have read a middle grade book that I went into this one expecting a book more for my kids (elementary age). After the initial shock of finding this a little darker and more mature than I expected, I actually really enjoyed it. The Slug Queen is a middle grade book that brings all of our fairy tales into question. This book transports the reader into a fantastic world where nothing is as it seems and anything can be possible with female santas, talking cats and ...more
Marla
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, arc, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-arc for review.

This is a tough one for me to review. I think I went into it expecting it to be more elementary aged, and it's definitely a middle grade book. There are some issues that I have with it, most prominently the way that Cricket's stepmom treats her after she is affected by the aerydust; I understand it for the purpose of the story, and they do resolve their relationship at the end, but it was very difficult to read.

Cricket is a
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LitPick Book Reviews
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Slug Queen Chronicles is a book about a girl named Cricket. She gets a gift from her father: her deceased mother’s journal. It describes a mysterious land of boogies, night terrors, hobgobs, gibber snatch, and the Santa. Cricket and her friend, Penny, try to set a trap for a gibber snatch. They wake up in the night and hear a thump in Cricket’s brother Tristan’s room. They sneak in, and they see him in his crib. All appears normal, except that there is a gibber snatch over his bed. It ...more
Morgan
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many layers to this story. Nothing is said just to be said. It all has meaning and everything is connected. That said, at times it does cause a bit of sensory and informational overload, but even that feels intentional. Cricket seems to have some sort of sensory processing disorder. She can't regulate her senses and she tends to get overwhelmed easily. At the start of the story, before she travels to aeryland, she avoids things that overwhelm her. She sits outside during lunch ...more
K.C. Finn
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Slug Queen Chronicles is a work of playful fantasy fiction written for middle grade aged children, and it was penned by author S. O. Thomas. Billed as Season One of the chronicles, the opening to the story sees twelve year old Cricket Kane face a dangerous magical adventure as she learns the truth: fairies do exist, and they’re much more terrifying than you’d think. When Cricket’s brother is kidnapped and a toxic dust takes his place and infects her
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Booksiren
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thomas crafts a captivating middle-grade fantasy around the theme of acceptance and the power of the love and sacrifice.

Cricket Kane is just an average eleven-year-old if not for her ability to see magical dust around her. But on her twelfth birthday, events unfold that change everything Cricket has known. After her baby brother is kidnapped by a fairy and replaced with a changeling, Cricket must learn to harness her hidden magical powers and rescue her brother.

Intricate and full of magic,
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Cricket has been able to see strange dust her whole life. On her birthday, her father gives her her late mother's diary, and she discovers that her mother, too, saw this - and it's fairy dust!
She attempts to summon a fairy, and succeeds. It takes her brother.

This was fun. The first part felt like the Ocean at the End of the Lane with the magic troubles with parents, then we got a bit of Alice
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Jane
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a girl whose name is cricket - yes unusual but this is fantasy and for I wold recommend 10-12 year old - there are some frightening aspects within this story. This is described as season one and what a start, Cricket is 12 and realises that fairies do actually exist and not a myth- but not in the cute way we think of fairies these are scary fairies ( who the reader learns why they do not take teeth from under children's pillows) after her brother is kidnapped and thus the ...more
Anitalia Payne
Many thanks for NetGalley and BooksGo Social for the ebook provided.

The book reminds me of Alice In Wonderland mix with a little bit of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone story, but in a darker and more heartwarming side. The premises are quite good in the beginning, Cricket wants to find his little brother Tristan and she wants her family and her best friend are back to their normal attitudes.

Unfortunately I lost my interest when the story reached where Cricket left the house and she
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Pam Chantrell
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is a well-written book reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland or Narnia with its fantasy themes. It mostly reminded me of The Labyrinth film with the older sister rescuing her little baby brother from the forces of evil. Definitely recommended for middle graders.
Corina Loeblich
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Totally recommend. A marvelous story for middle graders, beautifully designed and illustrated. Many smart and unexpected twists on well known characters and Cricket is just a strong, loving main character telling her own and unique story. A must! Can’t wait for the printed version!
S.O. Thomas
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S. O. Thomas is the author of the middle grade novels #GraveyardChallenge, book 5 in the FrightVision series, and The Slug Queen Chronicles. She was part of the 2018 summer #WriteMentor program.

With her infectious energy and a penchant for the peculiar, no one has ever accused S. O. of being mundane. She has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design. She spends her days designing creepy-cute clothes. At night,
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