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A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow

Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a rural South library, present day

Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading


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Swing by Kwame Alexander

This was one of the first week’s offerings from the 2019 Sync Audiobooks for teens. (There are two new free audiobooks offered each week.) I love Kwame Alexander and wanted to listen to his latest, especially since he was reading it himself.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA book in verse fiction

Length: 448 pages of text, 4:12 hours of audio

Setting: an American city, present day

Summary: Short version: The life of two teenage black boys in the city Continue reading

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Greenglass House by Kate Milford

I think I saw this book in a list of good read alouds. I picked it up from a new bookstore in town to read to the kids.

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade mystery

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Greenglass House in Nagspeake (which felt like a New England town), present day-ish

Summary: Short version: We find out why everyone came to Greenglass House Continue reading

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The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

This was my book club’s choice for March.

Subtitle: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 272 pages

Setting: mostly Death Row in Alabama

Summary: Short version: One man’s experience as an innocent man on Alabama’s Death Row Continue reading

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Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

I saw this reviewed somewhere on the web and immediately requested it from my library as being perfect from Miss Adventure. And, once it’s in the house, Mr. Curiosity and I will read pretty much any graphic novel.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel

Length: 229 pages

Font: Gargle and Fontspring

Setting: Wilnick Station, in the backwoods of space, far future

Summary: Short version: Hijinks of two tween girls on a space station Continue reading

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I saw this sitting out in the new YA books and thought Mr. Curiosity would enjoy it. He read it and said I could probably read it in 30 minutes. I had nothing else in the docket, so I did. I took me a little longer than 30 minutes, but it’s still a quick read because of it’s structure.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction novel in verse

Length: 306 pages

Setting: inner city projects, present day

Font: Arno

Summary: Short version: Do you really want to avenge your brother’s death? Continue reading

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The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

This is the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I loved the first one so much I had to get the next one right away.

Published: 2016

Genre: science fiction, although this one is more fantastical than the first. I’m considering this a future Earth achieved through science, hence scifi.

Length: 391 pages of text, 407 pages with appendices

Setting: mostly around Castrima and Found Moon, immediately after events in The Fifth Season

Summary: Short version: How to develop a community in catastrophe Continue reading

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