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Battling Boy by Paul Pope

It’s been a while since we’ve read any graphic novels, so I checked out Common Sense’s list of recommended graphic novels for any we hadn’t read that our library had. This was probably one of the first I came across that fit both characteristics.

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2013

Genre: fantasy graphic novel

Length: 202 pages

Setting: mostly the city of Arcopolis on a multiverse Earth

Summary: Short version: Battling Boy heads to Arcopolis to fight monsters during his rambling Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.

Published: 1968

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 92 pages

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

SummaryShort version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading

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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

This is one of Mr. Curiosity’s Great Books of the medieval period he’s reading this year. I like to read along with him so we can discuss the book together. I’m pretty sure I read the book in high school, but I only remembered that Beowulf fights the monster Grendel.

Published: this edition in 2000, originally between the seventh and tenth centuries, CE

Genre: epic poetry

Length: 213 pages, but for each two-page spread, the right page is the original middle English, and the left page is the translation, so you’re most likely only going to read half of that

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

Summary: Short version: Beowulf is awesome and defeats all the monsters Continue reading

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

This is the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. I’m committed to finishing the series.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 419 pages of story, 431 pages with glossary

Setting: mostly Southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Meg, Apollo, and Grover have to rescue an Oracle from the Labyrinth Continue reading

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Elite by Mercedes Lackey

This is the second book in the Hunter series. We started listening to this book as soon as we finished Hunter, driving around on vacation.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fantasy

Length: 368 pages

Setting: immediately after the events of Hunter, around Apex

Summary: Short version: Joy joins the Elite Hunters and takes on bigger monsters Continue reading

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

My husband picked this book as an audiobook for the family trip to Quebec because it sounded similar to the Hunger Games series. I was happy with the choice because I read and enjoyed lots of Mercedes Lackey as a teen.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA fantasy/post-apocalyptic

Length: 374 pages

Setting: Mostly around Apex, a near future Washington D.C.

Summary: Short version: Hunting fairy monsters with politics Continue reading

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