My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books First Published: July 13th 2016 Publisher: First Second Books
Little Goblin lives peacefully inside his dungeon where he has but one friend. He terrorizes nobody (on purpose). He bothers nobody (on purpose). All he wants is to be out of people’s way, sleep in a quiet place and spend time with Skeleton, his only friend. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016 Publisher: Candlewick Press Recommended Age: All Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Children, Picture Books, Animals, Family
A tiny dog, a kindhearted girl, and a nervous juggler converge in a cinematic book in four acts.
Lucy is a small dog without a home. She had one once, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor’s father is a juggler with stage fright. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: borrowed First Publication Date: 1905 POV: 3rd person Pacing: okay Genres & Themes: Classic, Historical Fiction, Children, Friendship, Family, Love.
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.
Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.
Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.
And what he knows will change Kym’s life.
Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.
I can’t wait to get my hands on that book! …But 2015 is far away.