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'Foxheart' by Claire Legrand

"Foxheart" by Claire Legrand

Children's Book ★★★★★ Quicksilver is not your ordinary heroine. Left on the steps of Saint Martta’s convent when she was three-years-old, presumably nameless, with an unusual mane of gray hair, she is continuously taunted with names like pig and witch. Saved by a kind yellow dog she names Fox, who becomes her partner, she steals in order to survive in the dangerous Star Lands full of witches and the Wolf King. She meets a boy named Sly Boots who, just mayb ...

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'Furthermore' by Tahereh Mafi

"Furthermore" by Tahereh Mafi

Children's Book ★★★★★ Ferenwood is a community of sharp, bright colors, predictable, common magic, and adventure. Unfortunately Alice Alexis Queensmeadow doesn’t quite fit in. She’s stark white except for her ginger colored eyes, she doesn’t appear to be very good at magic, and her hopes for an adventurous life have been smashed by the disastrous results from her Surrender ceremony. When Oliver Newbanks, a boy she dislikes, offers her hope and encourag ...

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'The Girl Who Drank the Moon' by Kelly Barnhill

"The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill

Children's Book ★★★★★  Every year a newborn baby from the Protectorate is left in the nearby forest in an effort to appease the witch. Xan, the forest witch, doesn’t understand this tradition, but in order to rescue the infants she scoops them up and delivers them to adoptive families in the town on the other side of the forest.  When she rescues one special baby and fills her full of moonlight instead of starlight, she accidentally also fills her full o ...

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'A Most Magical Girl' by Karen Foxlee

"A Most Magical Girl" by Karen Foxlee

Children's Book ★★★★★ Suddenly thrust by her mother into the care of two unknown aunts who have an old, dusty magic shop full of broomsticks, wands, and magic potions, Annabel Grey is more than a little confused. Raised in Victorian England as a prim and proper young lady with a beautiful wardrobe and set of manners, this is nothing like the life she has known. While she is trying to make sense of this very different and strange world, a self-proclaimed wiza ...

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2' by John Tiffany

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2" by John Tiffany

Tween Book ★★★★★ Taking place 19 years after the events of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Harry Potter and his wife, Ginny, are happily raising their kids James, Albus, and Lily. Harry, the head of Magical Law Enforcement, finds it hard to connect with Albus, who leaves for his first year at Hogwarts as the story begins. Over the next few years, Albus becomes an outcast after failing to live up to his parents' legendary reputations and being sorte ...

Reviewed by Dan R. Read more reviews of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2" at »

'The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse' by Brian Farrey

"The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse" by Brian Farrey

Tween Book ★★★★ Two lives, a twelve-year-old princess named Jeniah and a peasant girl named Aon, are both deeply affected by Dreadwillow Carse, a dark, foreboding bog in the center of Emberfell that is said to hold all the community’s sadness. In preparation for her new role as queen, Jeniah learns that if monarchs dare enter Dreadwillow Carse their monarchy is doomed. Aon, full of sadness with the disappearance of her mother and the recent loss of h ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse" at »

'The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle' by Janet Fox

"The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle" by Janet Fox

Tween Book ★★★★★ Amid warnings from the train stationmaster about Rookskill Castle in Scotland being peculiar, haunted, with grinding and screeching noises and rumors of kids disappearing, the Bateson children, Katherine (Kat), Robbie, Amelie, and Peter, an American boy, proceed to the castle anyway. Actually, what choice do they have? They’re kids who are sent to this makeshift castle school by their parents to protect them from the bombings in London. ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle" at »

'The Door by the Staircase' by Katherine Marsh

"The Door by the Staircase" by Katherine Marsh

Children's Book ★★★★★ Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes is miserable. She is so miserable that she attempts an escape up the small, sooty stovepipe from the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies, where, as an older child, there’s literally no chance of getting adopted, especially when the head mistress dislikes you. So when an old woman with a big nose, Madame Z, shows up to adopt her, she’s sure her luck may be changing. However, even with warm clothes, scrumptious and ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Door by the Staircase" at »

'The Wrinkled Crown' by Anne Nesbet

"The Wrinkled Crown" by Anne Nesbet

Tween Book ★★★★ Linny’s twelfth birthday is fast approaching and she’s being watched and protected even more than usual, lest she fall victim to an ancient curse. She is forbidden to touch a lourka instrument, but the call of music and the lourka is so irresistible that she secretly builds one. When she is compelled to play it on the eve of her birthday, her best friend Sayra strangely falls ill and begins to fade away instead of her. Filled with grie ...

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'My Diary from the Edge of the World' by Jodi Lynn Anderson

"My Diary from the Edge of the World" by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tween Book ★★★★★ Gracie Lockwood lives in Cliffden, Maine, an ordinary enough sounding city, but it is anything but ordinary. Her world is populated with flying dragons, sasquatches, giants, mermaids, witches and angels. Gracie loves her home, but when the dreaded Dark Cloud begins hanging around, apparently in search of her sickly brother Sam, her family flees in a Winnebago camper, bound for the Extraordinary World which her eccentric father is sure exis ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "My Diary from the Edge of the World" at »

'The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key, #1)' by Kevin Sands

"The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key, #1)" by Kevin Sands

Tween Book ★★★★★ An orphan, Christopher Rowe feels lucky to be chosen as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn, a great and kind apothecary. In order to keep recipes for his medicines and potions secret, his master uses complex codes and puzzles which Christopher is being taught to decipher. But when his master is brutally killed and a strange cult appears to be targeting London’s apothecaries, Christopher must also run for his life. He becomes ent ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key, #1)" at »

'Valiant' by Sarah  McGuire

"Valiant" by Sarah McGuire

Children's Book ★★★★★ After her mother’s death, Saville’s father, who is a tailor more in love with his precious material than his family, moves them to a small, gloomy, dirty shop in the city of Reggen. Soon after, her father suffers what appears to be a massive stroke, leaving him bedridden and Saville with the responsibility for his care as well as their livelihood. Despising the tailor business but knowing how to sew, she dresses in boy’s clothing, ...

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'A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans' by Laurence Yep

"A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans" by Laurence Yep

Tween Book ★★★★ Just two days after the funeral of her pet human, Fluffy (a.k.a. Amelia), a young girl named Winnie bursts into mournful Miss Drakes’s secret door in the basement proclaiming that she has been sent by her great-aunt Amelia so Miss Drake won't be lonely. Almost immediately, Miss Drake, who happens to be a dragon, theorizes that this seemingly obnoxious small human is going to be an extremely difficult pet to train. An adventure together l ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans" at »

'One Witch at a Time' by Stacy DeKeyser

"One Witch at a Time" by Stacy DeKeyser

Tween Book ★★★★ Loosely based on the fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk”, the trouble begins when 13 year old Rudi is sent to market with Susanna to trade dairy products for meat and grain and possibly sell a cow. Susanna, in an effort to help him, sells one of his cows for some allegedly magic beans. It turns out that the beans were stolen from a witch in the neighboring village of Petz and must be returned quickly, so they set out on an adventure to ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "One Witch at a Time" at »

'Castle Hangnail' by Ursula Vernon

"Castle Hangnail" by Ursula Vernon

Children's Book ★★★★ The minions at Castle Hangnail are desperate. In order keep the castle they love they need a new master for magic and evil responsibilities or the Board of Magic will force closure. But when Molly, who is short and barely 12-years-old, shows up on their doorstep and claims to be a wicked witch, they are doubtful she’s the real thing. While she’s trying to convince the minions by checking items off the Board of Magic’s requirement lis ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "Castle Hangnail" at »

'Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)' by Heidi Schulz

"Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)" by Heidi Schulz

Children's Book ★★★★★ Jocelyn has piracy and adventure in her blood so why did her grandfather send her to an all-too-pink finishing school for girls? Because she is the daughter of the infamous pirate Captain James Hook, that’s why. After receiving a posthumous letter from her father requesting her to avenge his death and destroy the infamous crocodile that took his life, Jocelyn secures a ship, assembles a crew and sets sail for Neverland. Living up to her ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)" at »

'Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)' by Jason Segel

"Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)" by Jason Segel

Tween Book ★★★★ Twelve-year-old Charlie Laird has big problems. His mom died, his dad remarried, and now together with his younger brother Jack they must move into his new "stepmonster’s" (that’s what he calls her) odd-looking purple mansion with a tower. Positive that his new "stepmonster" is a witch, he barricades himself inside his new bedroom where he can’t sleep because he is plagued with nightmares. But when the Waking World and the Netherworl ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)" at »

'Dragon on Trial (Menagerie, #2)' by Tui T. Sutherland

"Dragon on Trial (Menagerie, #2)" by Tui T. Sutherland

Children's Book ★★★ After rescuing a griffin in the first book, ”The Menagerie”, Logan is officially accepted as a member of the secret menagerie that cares for mythical creatures. This time the crisis involves the disappearance and presumed murder of Pelly, the goose who lays the golden eggs. Snatch, a dragon in the menagerie, is blamed, but Logan and his friend Zoe are sure that he's being framed, and that the goose, crucial to the Menagerie’s income, ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "Dragon on Trial (Menagerie, #2)" at »

'Beyond the Laughing Sky' by Michelle Cuevas

"Beyond the Laughing Sky" by Michelle Cuevas

Tween Book ★★★★ In this rather unusual tale a young couple, whose house is perched in a large pecan tree, discover a baby in a cracked egg from a bird’s nest on the sidewalk. This human-looking baby has feathers for hair and no mouth or nose but in its place a beak. His adopted parents, sister, and the small community of Goosepimple adapt to life with him, but as he grows and goes to school his life becomes more difficult and he longs to fly. This short ...

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'The Witch's Boy' by Kelly Barnhill

"The Witch's Boy" by Kelly Barnhill

Tween Book ★★★★★ Ned and his parents live in a small village at the edge of a dark and mysterious wood. His mother is a witch and his father is a woodcutter. Ned has never been the same since the day his twin brother died and he lived. He never speaks, and if he does, it is with a terrible stutter. The villagers all make fun of him and think him useless. The only thing the villagers like about Ned’s family is the unruly but useful magic his mother wields ...

Reviewed by Laine M. Read more reviews of "The Witch's Boy" at »

'A Path Begins (The Thickety #1)' by J.A. White

"A Path Begins (The Thickety #1)" by J.A. White

Children's Book ★★★★★ Witchcraft and magic are denounced as evil, feared and banned on this island colony that is surrounded by a strange forbidden forest with feared creatures known as the Dark Wood or Thickety. At only 5 years old Kara along with her newborn brother Taff witness the hanging death of their mother who was proclaimed a witch and their lives radically change. Since her deeply affected father is unable to function, Kara is forced to raise her sick ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "A Path Begins (The Thickety #1)" at »

'The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)' by Django Wexler

"The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)" by Django Wexler

Tween Book ★★★★★ After overhearing an insect-like black fairy in the kitchen arguing with her father, Alice is informed that her father is dead and she is ordered to go and live with Geryon, an unknown uncle who has a massive library which she is forbidden not only to enter but also to not read any books inside it. Ashes, a talking cat who admits to being only half a cat sneaks her inside, but the minute she begins to read she is thrown inside the book. Ge ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)" at »

'Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy' by Karen Foxlee

"Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee

Children's Book ★★★★★ Opehlia Jane Worthington-Whittard is an extraordinary 11 year old girl; she just doesn’t know it yet. Accepting a last-minute job offer to curate a sword exhibit at a museum in a foreign city, Ophelia’s father believes that this is just the change of scenery his daughters need after the recent death of their mother. The plan is for Ophelia and her sister Alice to go ice skating and explore this new icy city where it never seems to stop ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" at »

'The Executioner's Daughter (The Executioner's Daughter, #1)' by Jane Hardstaff

"The Executioner's Daughter (The Executioner's Daughter, #1)" by Jane Hardstaff

Tween Book ★★★★ Moss is the executioner’s daughter. That’s right; she lives in the Tower of London in England with her father who serves King Henry VIII, and lately they are way too busy with executions. Her job is to catch the severed heads in a basket after her father chops them off, a job she detests. She longs to escape and see more of the world beyond the castle confines and cannot understand why her father forbids it. Even the scary stories a ...

Reviewed by Sharyn H. Read more reviews of "The Executioner's Daughter (The Executioner's Daughter, #1)" at »

'The Real Boy' by Anne Ursu

"The Real Boy" by Anne Ursu

Children's Book ★★★★★ The massive walls around the protected island city of Asteri writhe with enchantment. The wizards’ powerful magic protects the city from illness and harm. A devastating worldwide plague many years ago killed numerous people from the island. “The boy”, Oscar, works as a lowly “Hand” for Caleb, the most powerful magician in the city. His job is to secure supplies like herbs and mushrooms from the forest, and grind them for the magi ...

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