My rating: 2 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Dial Books Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Magic, Fantasy, Family
Do you believe in magic? Micah Tuttle does. Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather. The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn’t want to keep his promise. And now it’s up to Micah to get the miracle he came for. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: July 11th, 2017 Publisher: Speak Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Culture, Friendship, Secret Society
Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs? Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Distributor Published: July 17th, 2018 Publisher: Orbit Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, War Setting
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope… Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: 2005 Publisher: Delacorte Press Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches, Magic, High School, Family
What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young. Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling. Rachel’s not bewitched. Yet. . . . Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada First Published: November 21st, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magicians, Friendship, Adventure
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.
After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Scholastic Press Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine Recommended Age: 9+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Action, Magic, Friendship, Good vs. Evil
Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.
It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.
Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: October 25th, 2016 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Prince & Princess, Magical Creatures
Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.Continue reading →