Mini Book Reviews

Ink, Iron, and Glass (YA)

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by Gwendolyn Clare In this steampunk alternate history where scriptology—creating alternate worlds with words—is an actual science, Elsa comes from her scribed homeworld of Veldana to Earth to try to find and rescue her abducted mother. She learns a lot about Earth, friendship, and her own abilities along the way. This book made me want […]

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A Tale Dark and Grimm (MG)

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by Adam Gidwitz If you read Grimm’s fairy tales closely, you’ll see a pattern of stories following two children, a boy and a girl: Hansel and Gretel. This is their story, retold in the right order through the fairy tales. Gidwitz does not hide anything at the beginning of this book: he says from the […]

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The Story of Mankind (YA)

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by Hendrik Willem van Loon I am trying to read, or at least attempt, all of the Newbery Award winners from 1922 to the present, and this is the very first. It tells the history of the world from the beginning of time through the present day. Because the scope is so broad, some people […]

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Rebel of the Sands (YA)

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by Alwyn Hamilton Middle East meets Wild West in this magical gunslinging adventure. All Amani has ever wanted is to get out of her nowhere town of Dustwalk. But when she finally escapes with a mysterious stranger, she’s in for surprise after surprise—about her companion, her country, and even herself. Fast-paced, smart-mouthed, and full of […]

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New Kid (MG)

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by Jerry Craft Jordan is starting seventh grade at a new school—an expensive private school in a high-end neighborhood—when he’d rather go to art school. He must survive middle school, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones, all while navigating his primarily white school as a person of color. This Newbery-Award-winning graphic novel was […]

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Sorcery and Cecelia (MG)

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by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer This historical fantasy follows two cousins, Kate and Cecy, in a Regency London where magic is real, magicians are everywhere, and some of them aren’t very nice. It all starts with an attempted poisoning via hot chocolate and gets more complicated than either girl expects. I’ve read this […]

Mini Book Reviews

Mini Book Reviews

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I’ll be sharing mini book reviews here on the blog. (I borrowed each of these books from the library because I wanted to, all opinions are 100% honestly mine, and I’m not compensated in any way for writing them.) My goal is to help you find books that you–or the young readers in your life–will […]