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Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted by Sherry on 5/24/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General, Japan |

“‘Once, there were two princesses, Sisters. One trained to be a warrior, at the top of a mountain. She was never allowed to go home. The other trained to be the perfect princess. She was never allowed out of the palace. Until one day, when their father said they were ready . . .’ ‘They […]

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Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

Posted by Sherry on 4/26/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“Henry Penwhistle’s bedroom door was the sort of door where adventures began.” And that’s the sort of first sentence that makes me think that this book is going to be a great adventure. Immediately, I am reminded of a wardrobe door into Narnia, or Bilbo Baggins’ front door that led him out onto the road […]

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The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden

Posted by Sherry on 2/6/2017 in Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction |

The first book in my February project of reading the books you all recommended to me from my own TBR list, The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden is, according to the New York Times pull quote on the back of the book, “for little girls who love dolls, women who remember dollhouse days, and literary […]

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Trends and Themes in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 2/1/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Settings where (fantasy) stories come true The town of Fortune Falls, where superstitions are the laws of nature. An alternate universe/earth where mythological creature are real. A congenital condition in which the words that people use to describe you appear in print on your arms and legs. A Dream Shop in which dreams are bought […]

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The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

Posted by Sherry on 1/22/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

The Lost Property Office, Baker Street Branch, in London is just a front for the secret Ministry of Trackers. And our hero, thirteen year old American boy Jack Buckles, finds out, by accident, that he is a Tracker, as was his father before him. Can Jack use his newfound tracking skills to find his father, […]

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Magical Fantastical Animals 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/8/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Not imaginary creatures like mandrakes (Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard) or jinn (The Eye of Midnight) or chamelons (The Secrets of Solace), but rather animals that talk or communicate with humans or take on anthropomorphic characteristics: Bats Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park. Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan. Foxes Maybe a Fox by […]

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Posted by Sherry on 12/30/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Kelly Barnhill on writing The Girl Who Drank the Moon: “I started writing this book, finally, in a small purple notebook at four in the morning in an un-air-conditioned motel room in Costa Rica during my honeymoon.” The Girl Who Drank the Moon may be much too witchy for some readers. It was a little […]

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The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

Posted by Sherry on 11/23/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“It is a known fact that the most extraordinary moments in a person’s life come disguised as ordinary days.” ~opening sentence of The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd. Key to Extraordinary is a lovely, luminescent, literary lodestone of a novel. Okay, so my attempt to write in the style of Natalie Lloyd isn’t exactly […]

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Middle Grade Book Wisdom 2016, Mostly Fantasy

Posted by Sherry on 11/21/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“Doesn’t a little part of you want to be involved in a secret, high-risk plan that’ll have disastrous consequences if it fails? Everyone needs to do that at least once in his life.” ~The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson. “You must step inside a world to see it honestly. A passing glance won’t do.” […]

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The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Posted by Sherry on 11/3/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. I hate books that seem to say, “Oh, kids like gross, nasty, slimy stuff. Let’s take the really loathsome parts of this tale and make them the centerpiece of the narrative because that will draw the kids in.” That’s what […]

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