Book Review

Book Review: "The Unready Queen"

The Unready Queen” by William Ritter

Source: ARC from Algonquin

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy,

Summary:

Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough.

But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own dark purposes, Fable cannot stay quiet. As the unspoken truce between the people of Endsborough and the inhabitants of the Wild Wood crumbles, violence escalates, threatening war and bringing Fable’s mother closer to the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.

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Middle Grade Books On Netflix

Anyone a fan of seeing books adapted for the screen? Here’s a round up of movies & television shows based on Middle Grade books on Netflix.

Consider pairing them with the book to make a great family discussion!

Netflix does a great job with their originals. The list will be a combination of originals (which will always be on Netflix) & non-original material (which changes with new agreements) so I’ll attempt to keep the list current.

Last updated: 3/18/20

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Book Resources For Readers Stuck At Home

Hello readers. Many of us are quarantined for the foreseeable future. I want to help you out the best way I can: sharing resources. There will be resources for everyone from young & pre-readers to middle/high school readers to you Booklanders, (who are likely adult readers).

Some of the resources may be directed towards parents/adults of a particular age group since you are now likely home educating your children.

I will update this post as I can with new links.

Last updated: 5/20/20

Related: I’ve got a Pinterest board for those who unexpectedly homeschooling their kids.

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Book Review

Book Review: “Changeling”

Changeling” by William Ritter

Source: Finished copy from Algonquin

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy,

Summary:

Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are. 

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Book Review

Book Review: “City of Ghosts”

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“City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab

Source: Library

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Summary: 

They’re here.
They’re watching.

Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.

But when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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