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Review of The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights

The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights by Alexandria RogersIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    304 pp.    g2/22    978-0-7595-5458-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5457-3    $9.99In this fantasy novel set “years after the regretful demise of Camelot,” twelve-year-old Ellie is a witch but dreams of becoming a fairy godmother. All her plans go...

Review of Gallant

Gallant by V. E. Schwab Intermediate    Greenwillow    352 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-283577-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-283579-6    $12.99 Olivia endures a miserable existence at the dreary Merilance School for Independent Girls—her inability to speak and upsetting ability to see ghouls make her unpopular with the other orphans and the matrons. Then...

Review of Anatomy: A Love Story

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana SchwartzHigh School    Wednesday/St. Martin’s    352 pp.    g1/22    978-1-250-77415-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1- 250- 77416- 3    $10.99In 1817 Edinburgh (a city famous at the time for medical advancements), the fictional “Roman fever” is ripping through the population. This sickness has already taken Hazel Sinnett’s older brother,...

Review of Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani; illus. by Julia Iredale Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-265263-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-265265-2    $10.99 The author of the popular middle-grade School for Good and Evil series proves his imaginative prowess for older readers with these twelve fairy-tale...

Review of All Our Hidden Gifts

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue High School    Walker US/Candlewick    384 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5362-1394-2    $19.99 When Maeve finds a tarot deck in the basement of her Kilbeg, Ireland, school, she immediately feels a connection to the cards and begins telling fortunes for the girls in her class. Lily,...

Review of Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom

Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom by Josh Allen; illus. by Sarah J. Coleman Middle School    Holiday    208 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-8234-4906-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5066-4    $9.99 Thirteen illustrated short stories range from eerie to totally terrifying. Each tale stands completely alone, but a strong sense...

Review of Long Lost

Long Lost by Jacqueline West Intermediate    Greenwillow    288 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-269175-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-269177-4    $8.99 Eleven-year-old Fiona blames her older sister Arden for their family’s move to the “quaint” (fictional) Massachusetts town of Lost Lake. Arden, thirteen, is a successful figure skater, and Fiona feels that her parents...

Review of Burn

Burn by Patrick Ness High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    371 pp.    g 6/20    978-0-06-286949-4    $18.99 It’s 1957, and Sarah Dewhurst’s father has hired a dragon to work on their farm despite his prejudices against them. That’s not really big news; in this alternate universe, humankind has maintained an uneasy peace with...

Review of They Threw Us Away

They Threw Us Away [The Teddies Saga] by Daniel Kraus; illus. by Rovina Cai Intermediate    Holt    256 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-250-22440-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-22441-5    $9.99 Buddy the teddy bear wakes up in a garbage dump: the toy store that’s been his home has thrown him away. Together with a...

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