Category Archive: Fantasy

Review: Monster on the Hill

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Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell.  July 2013. 9781603090759. Gr. 5-8 This book has been on my “to read” list for a long time. I mentioned it briefly in our presentation at… Continue reading

Review : Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures

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Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, art by K.G. Campbell. 9780763660406. 2013. Gr 3-6 (advance review copy). All of Kate DiCamillo’s books use illustrations to enhance her stories, but… Continue reading

Holy Bagumba! Celebrations & Contests for Kate DiCamillo’s New Book!

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Kate DiCamillo’s newest book, Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures, is coming out on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  And for those of you near the Twin Cities, you have a wonderful opportunity… Continue reading

Book Review : The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. 9781442421059. 2013. Gr 4-7. Young Chad loves Sugar Man Swamp, where he and his mom make sugar cane pies at the family’s… Continue reading

Book Review: The Twelve-Fingered Boy

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The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs.  February 2013. 9780761390077.  Gr. 9-12. I love books with characters that are odd and unique.  I have posted here before about how I believe people judge… Continue reading

Book Review: Dark Lord : The Early Years – An April Fools’ Joke?

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Dark Lord : The Early Years by Jamie Thomson Dirk Lloyd. 9780802728494. 2012. Gr 5-8. My dad loved jokes and pranks, and I am my father’s daughter.  The difference between us is that… Continue reading

Book Review : A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent

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A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. 9780765331960. 2013. 10-Adult. Isabella, a young girl growing up in Scirland (a country similar to England in the 1800s),… Continue reading

Tweaking Fairy Tales in Picture Books

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Kids will get a kick out of the twists to three familiar fairy tales in these new picture books. The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson (ill. by Sue… Continue reading

Book Review: The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Coming out Sept. 18, 2012. 9780545424929. Grades 9-12. (ARC Copy). Blue comes from a family of psychics, but she has no powers of her own, just the… Continue reading

Book Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

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The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra. September 2012. 9781935179184. Gr. 3-6. Last year, my local public library held a week of programs related to Alice in Wonderland.  I brought my daughter… Continue reading