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Dragon Captives

Title: Dragon Captives
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Unwanteds Quests
Recommended for: 4th – 8th grade
Pages: 419 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MCMANN, L. 

Synopsis: Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.
The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.
Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

This is a spin off series from the original Unwanteds series.  If you wanted to begin with this one, enough information is revealed that you would be ok.  I would highly recommended that you read the other series while you wait for the next book in the series, you will enjoy it.  If you have read the series you will be able to see some old friends from the original series and see what has happened to them. This series was a fast read, with short chapters and a lot of action.  I felt that the main characters had growth and that they will continue to see more growth.  This book ended with some twists and a cliff hanger so we will have to see what comes next.  I am hoping that some of the unanswered questions from the first series will get answered. I will definitely be reading this series.  On a side note I listened to the audio of most of the first series, so I was unable to for this series because the old characters were just awful to me. Simber the huge cat/ tiger with wings voice was grating.  I understand that the series is now following the sisters, so they chose a female voice, but it was hard to adjust I gave up after listening to 3 disc.  I finished the book by reading, much more enjoyable.

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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Adventure, Juv

 

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Convergence

Title: Convergence
Author: Stan Lee
Series: The Zodiac Legacy
Recommended for: 5th grade and up 
Pages: 463
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION LEE 

Synopsis: When twelve magical super powers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

My Thoughts: This is a action packed book with an interesting premise.  This is the first book of the series so it is laying out who all the characters are and giving a taste as to what is to come.  This gives you some information about the team of young people that are collected for the one team.  I know this a book, but I really didn’t think the parents of the younger kids would give up the child so easy. There is also a lot of self doubt that has to be overcome and coming together as a team.  One of my son’s loves the series and is already on the third book in the series.  I feel children that love action packed/ super powers will love this series.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

Title: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
Author: Gerald Morris
Series: The Knights’ Tales
Recommended for: Third Graders and Up; Boys Who Like Adventure and Swordfights; Fantasy Fans
Pages: 92
Call Number/Link:  J MOR (To add Link highlight and click the chain up top.)

Synopsis:

“Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.” –Amazon

 

My Thoughts:

This series is a hilarious and well-done introduction to the Arthurian legends. Morris has obviously read (and better yet, likes!) Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, yet he also understands how children’s minds work, as well as what appeals to them. The stories of Sir Lancelot presented here feel fresh, funny, and accessable for third-graders, but do not compromise the integrity of the original tales. For instance, when he meets the Lady Elaine of Shalott, Sir Lancelot gets shot in the–well, we’re not told exactly where he’s shot, but he has to sit on a pillow when he rides, and the accompanying illustrations provide more clues. After sustaining this injury, however, Sir Lancelot is able to return (anonymously) to a tournament at court, where he saves the day in more ways than one. Thus, the beauty of the original story is intact, but the readers are sure to howl with laughter once they “get it”.

 
 

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If the Magic Fits

if-the-magic-fitsTitle: If the Magic Fits
Author: Susan Maupin Schmid
Series: 100 Dresses
Recommended for: 3rd – 7th grade
Pages: 304 pages
Call Number/Link:  CD J FICTION SCHMID, S.
Synopsis: Darling Dimple, a young orphan, discovers a closet full of magical dresses, each of which gives her the appearance of another person in the castle and that, along with her own magical abilities, helps her protect Princess Mariposa from betrayal as the castle swarms with suitors.

This was a good adventure for young children.  Darling Dimple is a dreamer, orphan, stroyteller and would love to have an adventure.  Well she gets her adventure, when she gets moved from and under scrubber to one of the Queens Maid. She had to deal with bulling from other maids, and getting lost in the castle.  She happens upon magic dresses and her life takes a turn from boring to and adventure.  I can tell that this book is setting you up for the rest of the series so you get a decent amount of background information.  I would recommend this series for those who liked Tuesdays at the Castle.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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Labyrinth Lost

27969081Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas
Recommended for: Grade 7th and up
Pages: 336
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Cordova, Z. 

Synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Review: I love, love, love this book. First of all, this Latinx world is so rich and full of depth. From the underworld that mimic Dante’s Infernal to her family (including her ancestors) to the magic, it’s all done so well. For most of the book, Alex’s family isn’t even present, but they were well rounded and you felt like you really knew then even though the focus wasn’t really on there. Even her grandma, who really is only present for one scene–you just get a deep understanding of how important family really is. I also loved that they were latinx for all over the world and not just one spot–because most family ancestries are nice and messy like that.

Alex is a great heroine. However, she’s deeply flawed, which I actually loved. She doesn’t have it all figured out. She struggles almost every step of the way. Yes, she never wanted magic, but she never meant to banish her family as a way to do it! The journey is about righting that mistake and coming to terms with her magic/things about herself along the way. I also really loved that Alex was bisexual and it was no big deal. Not to her family, her friends, or anyone else. She struggled if she really felt about Rishi that way, but it was more of “do I really have a crush on a friend” than “do I really have a crush on a girl.” It was simply no big deal and it was portrayed in a healthy way as well. All around, I give this book two thumbs up.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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Grounded: the Adventures of Rapunzel

groundedTitle: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel
Author: Megan Morrison
Series: Tyme
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 374 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MORRISON, M.

Synopsis: Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so, but when Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.

Rapunzel is a very innocent girl, who has only had contact with Witch.  Witch is her only source of information and she has no reason to doubt Witch.  One day she gets a visit from a boy named Jack. Jack informs her that they have met before, but Rapunzel doesn’t remember it.  He leaves, but not without leaving a ladder for her to climb down if she chooses to follow.  Our of concern for Witch Rapunzel goes to stop Jack and that is just her beginning of her adventure.  She meets many fairies and people on her journey that helper to become a stronger more informed person.

I liked this retelling of Rapunzel it was a fun read.  Since Rapunzel has never been out of the tower, everything to her is new and interesting.  I also like that she became her own person, not what others would want her to be or do in the end.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Adventure, Juv

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts one and two

Harry potter CursedTitle: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 327 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION ROWLING, J. 

Synopsis:As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father,Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

This is the 8th book in the series, so I am not going to give to much detail.  After I got use to reading the script (by the way it is a screen play) it flew by.  It is fast pace, as it follows Albus’s first four years of school.  The fourth year is really where the focus is, the other years are lucky if they get a paragraph.  I did enjoy this book, and it was neat to see beloved characters back even if only for a little while.  Also, Albus is the only child that you really get to know, the other two children really take a back seat. I feel those that have loved Harry Potter will enjoy this book.

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Fantasy, Juv

 

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