Hi! I’ve had these mini-reviews sitting in my drafts folder for months. Then I realised Halloween is the perfect time to share them. If you’re hungry for even more inspo for the junior reader in your life (or maybe YOU are the junior reader in your life), scroll to the end of the post for a bonus reading list!
AUTHOR: Judith Rossell
SERIES: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue
PUBLISHER: ABC Books
RELEASE DATE: November, 2014 & October, 2016
GENRE: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction; Victorian Mystery; Fantasy
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Orphan and adventurer-at-heart, Stella is tragically misunderstood by her three horrible aunts. When a mysterious villain brings death and destruction to the Hotel Majestic, Stella is flung headfirst into a perilous adventure that makes her question everything she thought she knew about magic and her past. Continue reading
When I was a teenager and read a lot of classics, I never knew the agony/joy of anticipating a new release because all my favourite authors lived decades or centuries ago. But since falling in love with YA and junior fiction and becoming a fangirl of a handful of contemporary authors, all that has changed. I restricted myself to listing only 2018 releases. Here are my highest anticipated releases in chronological order!
AUTHOR: Sarah Driver
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2017
GENRE: Junior Fantasy, Adventure
PAGE COUNT: 336
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Goodreads blurb: In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.
Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .
Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure. Continue reading
PUBLISHER: Hachette Australia
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
GENRE: Junior Fantasy
PAGE COUNT: 451
MY RATING: ★★★★☆
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Blurb: Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to pass four difficult and dangerous trials – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Continue reading
Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care. One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read. I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!
TITLE: El Deafo
AUTHOR: Cece Bell
PUBLISHER: Harry N. Abrams
RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2014
GENRE: Junior Graphic Novel, Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 233
El Deafo is an utterly adorable Own Voices graphic novel based on author Cece Bell’s own childhood experience of severe deafness. One of the many wonderful things about this book is how it avoids representing deafness as a disability. Although Cece faces plenty of adversity in the form of loneliness, being misunderstood, and toxic friends, she ultimately uses her Phonic Ear hearing aid as a superpower to become the hero, El Deafo. This is a universally relatable and informative story for junior and middle grade readers that inspires compassion and respect for differently-abled people. Continue reading
This year, I have enjoyed reading more representations of mental illness in adult and YA books. I love when these narratives contribute to breaking down stigmas, and validating real experiences. As a children’s book lover, I was curious to research what picture books are available for young readers struggling to understand a family member’s depression.