The Dollmaker of Krakow – R.M. Romero

34079578The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Slow/Normal
Genres &  Themes: Middle Grade, Historical Fantasy, WWII, Friendship, Love


Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks. Continue reading

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King – Ben Hatke

33163366Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Point of View: Alternative, Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres &  Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Courage, Family


Ben Hatke, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl, concludes his latest middle-grade fantasy-adventure graphic novel series, Mighty Jack, with the energetic finale to his retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Continue reading