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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

It was recommended by The Modern Mrs. Darcy as a diverse books read and a good read aloud if you like Wonder. We did, so I thought I’d read it to the kids as a contrast to our last book.

Published: 2010

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 295 pages

Setting: somewhere about a six hour drove from Washington, D.C., recent past (when MySpace was still a thing)

Summary: Short version: Melody’s life with cerebral palsy changes when she gets a communication computer Continue reading

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte by Jaclyn Moriarty

I saw this reviewed on a GeekMom post and thought it would be a good read aloud to start off the school year. I was not disappointed.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: various locations of a make-believe industrial (but not cell-phone) level world

Summary: Short version: Bronte travels to all her aunts’ houses after her parents die Continue reading

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Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

This was a random graphic novel I picked up off the library shelf.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fantasy graphic novel

Length: 208 pages

Setting: a big city and the Underworld beneath it, present day

Summary: Short version: Edmund and his changeling, Cinder, work together to stop a coup in the Royal City Continue reading

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Squire by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Protector of the Small series. I needed something a bit lighter to read, and this fit the bill (and was in the house).

Published: 2001

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 390 pages of story, 412 pages total

Setting: various locations in Tortall, 456-459, just after the events of Page

Summary: Short version: Kel’s adventures as squire to Lord Raoul Continue reading

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Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chockshi

This is the second Pandava book. Miss Adventure saw it sitting on the library shelf and snapped it up.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 365 pages of story, 381 pages with glossary

Setting: various locations in the Overworld, soon after the events of Aru Shah and the End of Time

Summary: Short version: The pandavas must recover Kamadeva’s stolen bow and arrow Continue reading

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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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