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Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the series, following Trickster’s Choice. Miss Curiosity requested it via interlibrary loan, so I had to read it now since it was special order for the library. Pierce had a note at the end of the book commenting on the length of the series. She decided on two long books instead of several shorter books after J. K. Rowling showed that kids are willing to read long books.

Published: 2004

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 444 pages of story, 467 pages total

Setting: Rajmuat, within the Copper Islands, after the events of Trickster’s Choice. Continue reading


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Pretties by Scott Westerfield

This is the second book in the Uglies series. Mr. Curiosity started reading the series and I decided to try to finish the series while the book was in the house.

Published: 2005

Genre: dystopian YA

Length: 370 pages

Setting: New Pretty Town, soon after the events of Uglies

Font: Berkely Book Continue reading

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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield

I picked this graphic novel up at the library just because it was written by Scott Westerfield.

Artist: Alex Puvilland

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 212 pages

Setting: near Po’Town (some random, U.S. city in the woods), near future Continue reading

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Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Miss Adventure picked this book up and I decided to read it alongside her because the main character is Alanna’s daughter (Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series). It also includes Daine from Pierce’s Immortals series.

Published: 2003

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 403 pages of story, 422 pages total

Setting: mostly the Copper Isles, soon after the events of the Immortals series Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #35: Diversity for the Kids

I’ve got a variety of middle grade and YA books to add to my kids’ reading lists. Quite a few are specifically diverse voices for something a little different.

I’ll start off with a big collection of graphic novels provided by CommonSense Media. We’ve read most of the books up through about the 9+ age group, and this list recommends all the way to 16+, so there’s plenty of books for us to grow into, like Foiled or Boxers & Saints.

For some diversity and more words than graphic novels, I’ve got a few options for the kids. Who am I kidding – I want to read most of these as well. They may end up being read alouds, so we can all read the book at the same time.

The first book came from a GeekDad post on cultural diversity is The Gauntlet by Karuna Riaza. It’s a newly published book (March, 2017) that was described as steampunk Jumanji. Sounds like a fun read to me.

My mother-in-law brought my attention to the next book – Refugee by Alan Gratz. Interestingly, The Hub ran a post on immigrants and refugees the next week that recommended this book. This is the story of three refugees, one from Nazi Germany, one from Castro’s Cuba, and one from modern-day Syria. It’s written for a slightly younger audience than most of the YA literature about refugees, so it should still be appropriate for Miss Adventure.

The Hub also brought my attention to Kwame Alexander’s new book – Solo. It is his typical book in verse, although the main character is a bit older than we saw in Booked or The Crossover. Apparently, it makes a great audiobook that Alexander reads himself. I’ve read the other books to the kids. Maybe, we all need to listen to the author read it.

One last book, and this one from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She had a post on diverse books/own voices as a category in her reading challenge for the year. I just glanced through the list, since I’m not looking for anything specific to read. However, I happened to see the description to Out of My Mind by Susan Draper. What caught my eye was the fact that her kids pushed her to read the book, and it was perfect for people who loved Wonder. That is a perfect recommendation for us!

And those are the books I’m adding to my kids’ reading lists. Anything strike your fancy? Anything else to recommend?

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Mr. Curiosity picked this book up from the library. I was intrigued by the jacket copy and asked if it was worth reading. He said it was, so I did.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 435 pages

Setting: mostly MidMerica, nearish future Continue reading

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Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison

This is the second Giant Days compilation. The kids enjoyed the first one so much, it was pretty obvious I would get the second book.

Artist: Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin (it changed halfway though the book. While the art was noticeably different, it wasn’t distracting.)

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel, fiction

Length: 128 pages

Setting: Sheffield, and Northampton, England, soon after the events of Volume One Continue reading

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