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Dwarf Story

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  27 reviews
First, Arty finds a sweaty, bearded ax-swinging warrior Dwarf scaring his dogs. Soon enough, Emma, Cry, and other middle-school friends also find fairy creature—Elves, Spriggans, Pixies, and a hoped-for Dragon—crashing into their normal homework-doing, backpack-carrying, phone-charging schooldays. Why are these magical beings here? What should be done? Is that ax sharp? Ca ...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Waxing Gibbous Books
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Books Forward for my copy of Dwarf Story! Arty woke up one morning and found a dwarf, thus starting a scientific adventure. Or an artistic adventure if you ask Emma. An awesome adventure if you ask Cry. The three friends each find their own fairy and have to navigate a war as an ancient force returns to reclaim Long Island!

This is a super cute middle grade fantasy, mixing modern with fantastic. There are dwarves, pixies, libraries, old books, giants, cell phones and a bit of
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely lovely story! This is a great middle grade introduction to the world of fantasy. The story is so exciting and adventurous, perfect for carting the attention of young reader and it really is a great story to enjoy, from start to finish!

I found the characters and world to have lots of detail, which really brought the whole story to life. It was exciting and the personalities, of the characters, gave you a real feel for the good and evil, and made you part of the moment.

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Panna Fox
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Safe to say I have never received such a sweet, funny PR package before. It made reading this amazing middle-grade novel even more interesting <3
What the publisher says:
When young Arty finds a warrior Dwarf and his friend Emma finds a Spriggan, they soon learn their neighborhood is hardly conventional. Rather, it’s a hub for legendary fairy creatures -- a land worth fighting for. And it won’t be long before their foes discover them, transforming their backyard into a fantastical battleground. T
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Cheryl
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and entertaining book. Middle grade readers as well as adults can both enjoy this book together. The grand adventure that Arty, Emma, and his other friends found themselves in the middle of was one for the story books.

The characters are very relatable. They act their age but I am fine with that. In what I mean by this, is the fact that they were not childish or tried to act older. Well except for Arty as Emma would point out in the beginning. Yet, as the story went on, Arty's intel
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Brandy {The Review Booth}
Dwarf Story is a fun, introductory, long (a little too much I think) novel to the fantasy/low fantasy genre. It was definitely a prime example of the journey being 90% of the story. The younger readers this book would appeal to might get bored with all of the fluff in this book and it makes the book rather long. I do think that the younger readers will enjoy reading about fairy tale creatures that they are familiar with already as well as learning about ones they may not have heard of. It starte ...more
Veronica
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was such a fun book to read. It is aimed towards elementary school children but I really enjoyed it for the humor that was sprinkled throughout the book. I read parts out out to my 10 year old son and he really liked it because of the storyline and the humor as well.

It is written from multiple points of view which made it interesting and refreshing. The writing is very fast paced and I have to admit that at some points I did have to put it down to take a break. I have always been fascinate
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Kimberly Vanderbloom
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It us a cute fun story but it reads a little slow. I do however like the different point of views.
Pages For Thoughts
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

The writing style was unique in the sense that it writes rambling but also controlled at the same time. The reader is thrown instantly into these children's heads with their (often strange) thoughts, dozens of rhetorical questions, and one or two word sentences. When it transitions to another chapter with a new narrator, they often speak very matter-of-fact and interrupt each other, like "I am Ted. You know what’s great about me? I can get involved in any story whenever I want" or "I’d rather ha
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Ronita Banerjee
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting and magical tale that is written to impress the young readers.
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Every page you turn will get you under it's magical spell. All the creatures like- Elves, Spriggans, Pixies, dragons have been described beautifully in a manner that'll help you remember their nature.
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From a warm and cosy setting to declaration of war this book has never a dull moment. Though I found it a bit slow to start with.
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I also found out that these books are based on the manuscripts of the reclusive Pro
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Harrison
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ooh boy what a good book. Definitely the best I've read in a while. Managed to get my hands on an early copy and by golly this book really did blow me away. It's definitely up there with the all time great fantasy novels. I would go as far as to call it our generations "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Seriously a good book make sure to preorder on Amazon and save the date, June 30th. ...more
Anna Nesterovich
As usual, a disclaimer first. I received a free copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. That said, my reviews are always honest, but very rarely flattering. This case is no exception.

I asked for a copy because it was marked "children's", and I ask for everything children's, because as the isolation draws on it becomes harder and harder to find more books for the little one to read. However, this one gets 3 stars, and not 2, only because that said little one s
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Stephanie
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dwarf Story instantly engages the reader from the start and continues to charm throughout the book. I enjoyed the way the story was told – not only was the first-person POV a good way to explore all the different characters, but the dialogue and “thoughts” of the speakers felt very authentic and their actions and words were what I would expect from their characters. The one tiny concern I had was that sometimes the characters sounded too similar to each other and there wasn’t anything to differe ...more
M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and follow the Goddess Fish book tour here.
This was an interesting take on fairy tales, fairies in general, and a modern-world mix. The description sounded like a great time had by all. I dove in ready to get swept away but wound up not getting as swept as I hoped.
I’m not sure exactly why I didn’t get into this as much as I expected to. To hazard some guesses—it might have been the sort of false start c
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Deborah Payne
Dwarf Story

By: Professor W. M. Marplot

Waxing Gibbous

Middle Grade

Publish Date June 30, 2020

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What do I want to say about this book. It started off great but ended up dragging. This book is 388 pages long and it could have been shorter. Around 60% I started getting bored with the book. I enjoy reading middle grade because they are quick and fast to read but this book was not and I found myself not wanting to read it.

I did love the story line and what was going on but it could h
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Spinkysaurus Bri
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Dwarf Story by W.W. Marplot is a cute fantasy adventure for middle grade readers. It is aimed for ages 9-14 and very appropriately written. The language is captivating and simplistic to make it easily understood by younger readers.

In this story you follow a few characters as they take turns explaining what's going on. The story begins with Arty, a scientific and organized 13 year old, finding a dwarf and being completely confused. He starts off using books and notes to learn about the new things
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Alexia
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
"Maybe all the little accidents in our lives, the bad unlucky things, or small lucky chances, are actually being controlled in secret and from another world. Each event is matched to a folktale being, and it is all real."


I think Dwarf Story is great for kids and teens who love a good story, especially one with great description of the different beings, events, and history. For a story this long, I needed more action than description for me to stay engaged, but I think this is perfect for p
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Abbie
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dwarf Story by W. W. Marplot is a kind of middle grade epic fantasy book set in urban long Island. It follows Arthur, a boy who is very into science and facts and lists and order, and his friend Emma, who is more the artistic type, into writing and drawing. The pair get thrown headfirst into a fairy wonderland of adventure after Arty and his dogs find a Dwarf in his backyard. I loved this book. The characters are vivid and all very different, even including the annoying kid you'd really rather j ...more
Lili  Marcus
This is a very cute story and I really believe would appeal to children. It features not only the fairy folk - with pixies, dwarves, giants- but I think the whole setting is very appealing to children and middle grades and the main characters are very relatable to kids.

The main characters are Arty and Emma and I love them both. I also liked that Emma is more artistic while Arty is more scientific. They're such a perfect duo and I'm glad that the story is told in their POVs.

The book features a
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Kanfinae Wingard
Dwarf Story is like urban fantasy for middle graders. Think Spiderwick Chronicles or I Hunt Monsters, except this isn’t about siblings or a loner, which I appreciate. The trope of outsiders being the only kids who find adventure or the smart kids being destined for bullying is bad programming. Instead we have Arty and Emma, smart and creative friends who have to deal with their town being inundated by fairies. It’s a lovely story, and the world building, thanks in part to the mundanity of the ne ...more
Way_Word_Bibliophile
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dwarf story is a middle grade fantasy. It seems a little long given the age group its meant for. The plot is engaging and is told in 1st person narrative and has 4 person point of view. I was humorous at times and engaging. The chapters were short and full of mythological creatures. Full of action, thrill and mystery. It did slow down a little at times to hold my attention, but overall a good read. The characters were likeable and I liked how helpful they were to each other. Thank you NetGalley ...more
Sarah Ehinger
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. A young adult book, this was overly long for me when compared to the content and story provided by that length. While I didn't mind the shifting narrator, the writing style was not differed enough to make the shifts seem real. In general the narration was on a older vocabulary level that didn't match the kids it meant to portray. The story line was solid, but was overly drawn out for me. ...more
Sarah Anderson-Pagal
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to BooksForward for the ARC!

I really enjoyed this story. I look forward to sharing it with my toddler in a few years. It's a wonderful ,Middle Grade, story.

I loved the Faerie world mixed within the human world. It was filled with battles, magic, mystery,and adventure!
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Meg
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing and captivating, I could not put this novel down.
Milliebot
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review and others posted over at my blog.

Thank you to Books Forward PR for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Sometimes a book seems like it will be a good fit – middle-grade, modern, magical – but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Sadly, this is one of those times. Nothing about the plot, characters, or writing style grabbed me or held my attention.

Magical creatures started appearing, seemingly one per child, and then, there was an evil witch, and she was
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Jennyfer
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
13yo Arty - science need and believer in logic - finds an axe-wielding Dwarf in the forest in his backyard. While trying to learn the Dwarfs origin, name, language and purpose, he and his friends Emma and Cry find a Spriggan, then a Pixie, and encounter a creepy Man in Brown whose proportions are wrong and seems intent on tracking them.
With a stolen map and the Spriggan's help, they discover the return of the malevolent Gwyllion with plans to turns the suburban neighbourhood into a faerie battle
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Darlene Messenger
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Oft times rambling and disjointed, this fantasy tale involves middle grade kids contending with fantasy creatures. Intriguing and action packed but I found it difficult to follow threads of differing voices and perspectives, this the rating. Should appeal to middle grade fantasy lovers.
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Professor Welkin Westicotter Marplot, of Coillemuir, Scotland, is a collector of esoteric tales of global wisdom and curator of ancient manuscripts. He is a recluse and, as he claims, has been collecting and collating adventure and fantasy stories for over a century.

A third-generation descendant, Gertrude Dee Marplot, of the United States, has edited for publication a number of the professor’s tex
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