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Uprooted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

This was a great read, told a bit like a fairy tale from the Grimm brothers. Nieshka is a compelling and unique character, with many talents who refuses to fit into the box that others would put her in. Growing up near the Wood, which is full of corruption and sinister forces, she is chosen by the Dragon, the local wizard, to be his assistant for the next decade, but he may have gotten more than he bargained for. In a world where magic is orderly and performed to strict guidelines, Nieshka literally shakes the foundations of the kingdom by breaking form and performing spells that are supposed to be long forgotten. I am a lifelong fan of Diana Wynne Jones' and the feel of the magic in this world and the pacing of the plot feels a bit like one of her works. Would definitely recommend this to fantasy fans.

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

Echo is a beautifully crafted story that starts as a fairy tale, and meanders its way into a World War II era civilian setting by way of a very unique harmonica. As the harmonica changes hands, those who play it are changed too. And each character has a quality that makes them different from their peers, a birthmark, an ethnicity, etc. As they encounter challenges they find confidence and strength in their music. A wonderful, moving read for young and old alike. 

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780316190251
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2015

Ms. Carriger has definitely hit her stride in book 3 of the Finishing School series. It's not terribly often that a YA series just keeps getting better as you go, but this one does, oh does it ever! The characters are well-flushed out by this point and, as readers, we have a solid idea of who they are, but that doesn't mean they are static, and many times we see growth or revelation in Sophronia, Dimity, Sidheag, Soap, Pillover and Felix, to name a few. Sophronia's resourcefulness reaches to new heights, if that were even possible, and we just might have an answer to the Sophronia/Felix/Soap love triangle. But you never know what will come down in the next book. The writing is witty, but the action is what really drives this particular installment, and in the interest of not spoiling it for anyone, I will simply say: things happen, and unless you read spoilers, you will be surprised, and it will be awesome. 

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780544104716
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - July 2nd, 2013

15-year old Jennifer Strange is a foundling in charge of operating Kazam Mystical Arts Management after the disappearance of the Great Zambini, but that's proving to difficult with the dwindling amount of magic in the world, not to mention a series of visions predicting that the last living dragon will be killed by an unknown dragonslayer, AND soon there will be a surge of magical power in the world known as Big Magic. With an unlikely companion in the Quarkbeast, a magical animal with an affinity for eating all things metal, and a motley crew of has-been magicians to manage, Jennifer finds herself thrust into the middle of a conflict that will not only change her life, but the world as she knows it. Fans of Jasper Fforde's "Eyre Affair" will enjoy this quirky fantasy filled with Fforde's classic allusions and witty wordplay.

(June 2016)

Howl's Moving Castle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Eos - April 22nd, 2008

One of my all-time favorite books. Ever. When Sophie accidentally offends the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself cursed. She runs off & makes her way to the infamous Wizard Howl's moving castle. There she finds mysteries greater than her own predicament involving a fire demon, a living scarecrow, a chattering skull and a war with no meaning. What follows is both very funny and quite lovely. 

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780061214677
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Published: Harper Teen - April 29th, 2008

This book is for all of those faerie fans out there, as well as anyone who is fond of strong characters and compelling plots. Wicked Lovely is the adventure of one girl who walks the line between ancient faerytales and her own destiny, and all the while exhibits both toughness & tenderness. 

(June 2016)

The Blue Castle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402289361
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - March 4th, 2014

This is a heartfelt and hilariously snarky look at family & societal expectations, following your dreams wherever they may go and filling your life with love and meaning. 

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780316133999
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2012

I will admit, I was slow to start reading this book because of the description. However, once I began reading, I couldn’t put it down and I finished the Daughter of Smoke & Bone in one sitting. This book does include a love story, but that is by no means the only focal point of the plot. It takes the familiar themes of love, identity, fallen angels and the struggle for redemption and makes them seem new. The age-old fight between good and evil is nuanced and seen through a different lens. Battles waged in an age-old war are as philosophical as they are physical. I found myself impressed with the intricacies and complexity of character and plot that I hadn’t expected to find, and I heartily recommend this book to any looking for a riveting read.

(June 2016)

The Ravenous Gown: And 14 More Tales about Real Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939629593
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Published: Familius - March 24th, 2015

After the first story in this collection made me laugh out loud several times, I knew I had to take the book home and keep reading! Each story has an alternative take on beauty, and features an intelligent, self-sufficient character who takes an active role in shaping their own destiny. A great read-aloud for all ages.

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780062011176
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Published: HarperCollins - March 2016

Lily Abernathy is half-human, half-fae, and her powerful mob boss of a father has managed to keep that a secret, and keep her safe…Until now, when Lily is chosen to be part of a sleeper cell of half-humans who are masquerading as celebrities. Lily is thrown into the bloody politics of the fairy court while trying to come to terms with her lineage and magical affinities. A variety cast of characters, transitions between the human and fae worlds, and Lily’s cautious steps into friendship and romance make this book a compelling read. 

I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Someone has stolen Bear's hat, and he is determined to find it. This leads to a quest asking all the animals about his hat & quite an unexpected ending. 

(June 2016)

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ISBN: 9780062327185
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 15th, 2015

This is a terrific book about knowing your own beauty no matter what and having the courage to challenge everyone else to recognize it too. Willowdean is a character who makes no apologies for who she is and when the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant rolls around, she inspires a few unlikely candidates to enter the competition with the help of some Dolly Parton drag queens. I found this to be a thoughtfully written, quirky book with heroine who exudes confidence while still experiencing her own internal doubts.