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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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Not if I see you first


Title: Not if I see you first
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th thru 12th grade
Pages: 310

Synopsis: Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death.

Parker Grant lost her sight at the age of seven in an accident that killed her mother.  As a coping mechanism, she created what she refers to as “The Rules,” and she expects everyone in her life to adhere to them. “Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.” “Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.”  Through these rules, and many others, I was drawn into what it is like to be a blind teenager (as much as I could be).  With the recent death of her father, she is trying to continue on with life in a no-nonsense fashion.  She has a quick wit and a gift for sarcasm.  Things get complicated when she meets a boy who doesn’t treat her like a blind girl, and her former best friend/boyfriend begins attending her high school (she hasn’t spoken to him in two years). Luckily she has some true friends who help her navigate the ups and downs of life.

I loved this book!  It drew me in right away, which surprised me because I wasn’t convinced I would like the book when I read the book jacket.  The struggles of high school as a teenage girl rang very true (I was a teenage girl back in the day!).  The insights into being blind were very interesting to me, and made me think about so many things I take for granted as a sighted person. The friendships were genuine and the emotions very raw at times.  I highly recommend this book for someone looking for realistic fiction.  It is a safe book to recommend if the patron is looking for a book without sex.  The most physical interaction in a make-out session in the back seat of a car.

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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Realistic, Romance, Teen


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Orphan Queen

orphan queenTitle: Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Orphan Queen
Recommended for: Grades 6 and Up
Pages: 391 pages

Synopsis: “Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable. Wil can’t trust anyone. She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the other.”

I feel this book has a lot going on, wraith attacks, glowmen, vigilante, and Wil trying to get her kingdom back.  As the book goes on you see how it is all connected. Wil knows how to fight and take care of herself, but can be reckless.  I think that is why some will really enjoy this book.  I think those who love adventure and action will like this book.  I am hoping that the next book will explain a little more about the wraith.(I would have liked more on in this book, but it is setting up the series).


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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen


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The False Prince

False PrinceTitle: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy book #1
Recommended for:
Pages: 342 pages

Synopsis: In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point ? he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

I loved the characters, as well as how the story is woven.  Sage made me laugh with his bold, defiant character.  I also liked that there were a few surprises in the end.

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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Teen


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Earwig and the Witch


Title:   Earwig and the Witch
Author:   Diana Wynne Jones
Series:   none
Recommended for:   grades 3-5
Pages:   115 pages
Call Number/Link:  J JON

Rating:   ****

Synopsis:   Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald’s, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by a foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage.


Comments:  I was so happy to read a quick, fun book that even kids who don’t like fantasy would enjoy.  I especially appreciate that it’s over 100 pages, but not too far over 100 pages.  I zipped through this book without noticing that any time had passed.  Both girls and boys would enjoy this book, either independently or as a readaloud.

It reminded me of light fantasy books by Cornelia Funke and Eva Ibbotson that I’ve enjoyed.

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Fantasy, Juv


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