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Review of Goblin Market

Goblin Market by Diane ZahlerIntermediate     Holiday    256 pp.   g8/22    978-0-8234-5081-7    $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-8234-5292-7    $10.99Lizzie “sees” sounds as colors and is sensitive to direct eye contact and being touched; her older sister, Minka, looks out for her and paints the colors Lizzie describes. One day Minka comes home from the...

Review of Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit

Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit by Jesse Q SutantoIntermediate, Middle School     Feiwel    320 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-79428-4    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-79430-7    $9.99Theo Tan is more into gaming than studying his Chinese heritage and learning to access his qi—that’s his older brother Jamie’s thing. But after Jamie pulls Theo aside one...

Review of We Are the Song

We Are the Song by Catherine BakewellIntermediate, Middle School    Holiday    304 pp.   g5/22    978-0-8234-4889-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5285-9    $11.99Twelve-year-old Elissa is a Singer, one of the few whose voice can channel the power of the goddess Caé and make miracles happen for her people. Lucio, seventeen, is her Composer, responsible...

Review of The School for Whatnots

The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson HaddixIntermediate    Tegen/HarperCollins    304 pp.  g3/22    978-0-06-283849-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-283851-3    $10.99Wealthy Mrs. Sterling is determined that her son Maximilian grow up unspoiled, with friends who aren’t interested only in his money. So she makes sure that (unbeknownst to him) his childhood companions are all...

Review of The Mirrorwood

The Mirrorwood by Deva FaganIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    304 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-9714-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9716-0    $10.99Born outside the Mirrorwood, a place full of magic surrounded by an impenetrable thorn thicket (not the only fairy-tale allusion here), protagonist Fable tries to hide her “twist”: cursed to have no face of her...

Review of Into the Bloodred Woods

Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha BrockenbroughHigh School    Scholastic    368 pp.    g11/21    978-1-338-67387-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-67389-0    $11.99In this fantasy novel with threads drawn from fairy tales (the non-Disney-fied ones, with all the gore, and then some), Albrecht is the king’s son, but his twin, Ursula, is the firstborn, setting the...

Review of The Lock-Eater

The Lock-Eater by Zack Loran ClarkIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    368 pp.    g1/22    978-1-9848-1688-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1689-4    $10.99When a gearling (a mechanical clockwork man) shows up at the orphanage in search of an apprentice for his witch mistress, Melanie Gate (an orphan with a talent for ­opening locked things) embarks on...

Review of A Thousand Steps into Night

A Thousand Steps into Night by Traci CheeMiddle School, High School    Clarion/HarperCollins    384 pp.    g3/22    978-0-358-46998-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-46999-5    $9.99Miuko is clumsy and loud, two qualities that are deemed unfeminine in the (fantastical, Japanese-coded) society she inhabits. While running an errand outside the protective village gates, she meets a demon...

Field Notes: A Temporary Expert: Fact-Checking for the Horn Book

I worked for The Horn Book, Inc., in the early 2000s, back when the office was at 56 Roland Street in Charlestown, Massachusetts, near Sullivan Square. As I advanced from summer intern to editorial assistant and eventually associate editor, I had a variety of tasks to do, but one of...

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