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>Reading by the numbers

>Monica Edinger has been hosting a lively discussion stemming from Jonathan Hunt’s Horn Book article, “Epic Fantasy Meets Sequel Prejudice.” Sequels sure do pose questions to reviewers: can you fairly evaluate volume one of something when volume two is meant to finish the job? What if you’ve skipped volume one, only to find that volume […]

The Beaten Path: Ordinary Joes

By Nell Beram Last year, I wrote that there was a dearth of middle-grade series novels in which mortal girls took on supernatural villains (there were plenty in which boys battled the same). This year’s endangered species seems to be boy-centered middle-grade series that don’t rely on encounters with the supernatural (or on special effects . . . […]