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What I Will Be Reading #41: Scifi and Fantasy

I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.

First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.

Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.

And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?

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The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

This was recommended to me by a friend. In addition, it won a Newbery Honor Award in 2019. I also made Miss Adventure read it since it’s historical fiction set in medieval times (which we’ve been studying all year).

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade historical fantasy

Length: 278 pages

Setting: medieval France and Italy

Font: Hoefler Text

Summary: Short version: Boy’s journey to gather six relics of St. Peter Continue reading

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Page by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been bugging me to read more in the series. I was reading a collection of stories and fit this book in between some chapters.

Published: 2000

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 245 pages of story, 257 pages total

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, 453-6, months after First Test

Summary: Short version: Kel’s second-fourth years as a page Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

It’s the second book in the Upside-Down Magic series. It was in the house for Miss Adventure to read. Since the books only take an hour or so to read, I decided to read it.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 193 pages

Setting: mostly around Dunwiddle Magic School, soon after the events of Upside-Down Magic

Summary: Short version: Lacey starts a petition to get the Upside-Down Magic kids kicked out Continue reading

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Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

I saw the book discussed on a GeekDad (maybe?) post and thought it sounded perfect for Miss Adventure. She raved about it so much, I decided to read it.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 196 pages

Setting: it felt British, present day

Summary: Short version: Nory has to learn how to control her shape-shifting magic Continue reading

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First Test by Tamora Pierce

This is the first book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been encouraging me to the read the series and I finally got around to starting it.

Published: 1999

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 240 pages

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, after the conclusion of the War of the Immortals in Pierce’s Immortals series.

Summary: Short version: Keledry experiences sexism after becoming the first girl to openly start page training Continue reading

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 587 pages

Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s

Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading

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