‘The Midnighters’ by Hana Tooke is a delightful middle grade historical fiction romp with a soupçon of the supernatural

Many children know the feeling of not fitting in and in "The Midnighters," author Hana Tooke explores that feeling through her main character, Ema, whose fantastic, incredibly dangerous journey in this novel finally leads to her finding acceptance and respect. Ema was born into a family of scientists, and while she absorbed much of their … Continue reading ‘The Midnighters’ by Hana Tooke is a delightful middle grade historical fiction romp with a soupçon of the supernatural

‘Furysong’ by Rosaria Munda is the conclusion of a brilliant fantasy trilogy

With her latest novel, "Furysong," the last fantasy in the trilogy that began with "Fireborne" and continued with "Flamefall," author Rosaria Munda has claimed her place as a first class writer who can plan, plot, and execute a series of books wherein each approaches 500 pages—not one page of which feels unnecessary. Yes, the novels … Continue reading ‘Furysong’ by Rosaria Munda is the conclusion of a brilliant fantasy trilogy

‘Some of It Was Real’ by Nan Fischer is about believing in yourself and finding out difficult truths

Some of It Was Real by Nan Fischer Some books grab you from the first page, and reading on and on becomes almost as important as breathing and eating. "Some of It Was Real" by veteran author Nan Fischer is one such novel. How can we not fall for a young woman who has as … Continue reading ‘Some of It Was Real’ by Nan Fischer is about believing in yourself and finding out difficult truths

‘Flirting with Fate’ by J. C. Cervantes is a lovely story of destiny, love, and family

Flirting with Fate by J. C. Cervantes While "Flirting with Fate" by J. C. Cervantes is a young adult fantasy about love and fate, it's not quite as light and frothy as that might indicate. It's a touching story, and I actually needed a tissue as I finished reading it because of the evocation of … Continue reading ‘Flirting with Fate’ by J. C. Cervantes is a lovely story of destiny, love, and family

‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames In her new series, "The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames," Lisa McMann creates an action-filled fantasy with children who have supernatural powers but must survive on their own after the last adult in their group dies. The five children have always lived in a secret hideaway far from civilization … Continue reading ‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

‘The Lock-Eater’ by Zack Loran Clark is an action-filled fantasy with plenty of twists

The Lock-Eater by Zack Loran Clark In his debut novel, "The Lock-Eater," author Zack Loran Clark presents us with a very unusual protagonist. Melanie Gate is an orphan, and she lives with other similarly situated girls at the Merrytrails Orphanage for Girls. Mrs. Harbargain is the kindly woman in charge of the orphanage, and she … Continue reading ‘The Lock-Eater’ by Zack Loran Clark is an action-filled fantasy with plenty of twists

‘Ripped Away’ is historical fantasy as two kids travel back to London at the time of Jack the Ripper

Ripped Away by Shirley Reva Vernick "Ripped Away" by Shirley Reva Vernick is a middle grade novel, almost a novella, really, at a bit over 100 pages, featuring first person narrator Abe Pearlman. In his very relatable, charming narrative he describes his lonely existence. He's not in any school clubs nor does he play sports. … Continue reading ‘Ripped Away’ is historical fantasy as two kids travel back to London at the time of Jack the Ripper

‘The Unforgettable Logan Foster’ by Shawn Peters is a middle grade superhero fantasy kids will love

The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters "The Unforgettable Logan Foster" by Shawn Peters is a middle grade story that lives up to its title -- it's charming and filled with so much adventure and so many incredible characters that the book will be just that -- unforgettable. It's both rare and wonderful to find … Continue reading ‘The Unforgettable Logan Foster’ by Shawn Peters is a middle grade superhero fantasy kids will love

‘No Beauties or Monsters’ by Tara Goedjen is filled with surprise and mystery until the lovely ending

No Beauties or Monsters "No Beauties or Monsters" by Tara Goedjen is the ultimate mystery novel. For most of the story, we have little idea what is happening. Why does main character Rylie lose track of time—for hours—and have no recollection of what happened? What is going on in Twentynine Palms and the nearby military … Continue reading ‘No Beauties or Monsters’ by Tara Goedjen is filled with surprise and mystery until the lovely ending

‘Grave Reservations’ by Cherie Priest is a cleverly amusing paranormal murder mystery

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest "Grave Reservations" by Cherie Priest is a perfectly charming paranormal mystery that features a slightly flaky but very personable main character. There's nothing that says self-deprecating like a travel agent who calls herself "ninety-nine percent worthless as a psychic." Leda Foley runs Foley's Far-Fetched Flights of Fancy, a travel agency. … Continue reading ‘Grave Reservations’ by Cherie Priest is a cleverly amusing paranormal murder mystery

‘Flamefall’ by Rosaria Munda is the sequel to the thoughtful and thrilling ‘Fireborne’

Flamefall by Rosaria Munda You don't want to miss reading "Flamefall" by Rosaria Munda, the sequel to "Fireborne" and the second book in "The Aurelian Cycle" trilogy. In the first novel, Rosaria Munda created an alternate world populated by overlords and serfs. The overlords could do—and did do—anything they wanted to the peasant families they … Continue reading ‘Flamefall’ by Rosaria Munda is the sequel to the thoughtful and thrilling ‘Fireborne’