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  1. Book Review: The Dragon of Trelian

    The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen Calen is a wizard’s apprentice, a job that’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds. When hiding from his duties to watch a procession, he meets the Princess Meglynne, the third daughter of the king. Meglynne, or Meg as she prefers…

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  2. Book Review: The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3

    The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3 by P. J. Haarsma Once again, J.T. and his friends from the seed ship Renaissance are being transfered to a new guarantor. The children are knudniks, indentured servants bound to work for four years on the Rings of Orbis. The guarantor owns…

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  3. Book Review: The Grey Ghost

    The Grey Ghost by Julie Hahnke illustrated by Marcia Christensen In 16th century Scotland, eleven-year-old Angus was out with the sheep when his family, members of the Macnab clan, were attacked and killed by the rival Campbell clan. The Campbells are bent on destroying all the clans and controlling the…

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  4. Book Review: Skeleton Creek

    Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman Something is wrong in Skeleton Creek, and teens Ryan and Sarah are determined to figure out the mystery. They’ve lived in Skeleton Creek all their lives, but an innocent question from Sarah – why is the town called Skeleton Creek – leads them to uncover clues…

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  5. Cover released for The Last Olympian! (Percy Jackson Book 5)

    The cover has been released for The Last Olympian, the fifth and last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! You can see the new cover to the left. Also see the Interview with Blackjack the Pegasus on Rick Riordan’s blog. The Last Olympian will be published…

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  6. Book Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball

    Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George Returning from the war, a young soldier named Galen meets an old woman who asks for help. After Galen shares his meager food with her, she gives him gifts: a cloak that renders the wearer invisible, and two balls of wool:…

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  7. Cybils 2008 Nominee Widget

    There’s a fresh new widget available from Jacketflap that rotates through the Cybils 2008 nominees and displays a different one with each page view: You can customize the widget to select the colors and which category or categories you want to display. Mine displays only the fantasy and science…

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  8. Book Review: The Mystery of the Fool & the Vanisher

    The Mystery of the Fool & the Vanisher by David and Ruth Ellwand The Mystery of the Fool & the Vanisher is a fascinating and slightly creepy little story, told in the format of a journal-within-a-journal and illustrated with exquisite photographs. In the first journal, photographer David Ellwand follows a…

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  9. Cybils 2008 Nominees: Fantasy and Science Fiction - middle/elementary

    Although I’m not a part of the Cybils Fantasy/Science Fiction team this year, I’m still following it closely, and not just because a book I published (Ratha’s Courage) is a nominee. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I love YA fantasy and science fiction, and…

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  10. Book Review: The Diamond of Darkhold

    The Diamond of Darkhold The Fourth Book of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau It’s been a tough winter in the village of Sparks. A caved-in roof damaged much of their already short food supply, and there had been an unusual number of illnesses and accidents. Lina and Doon are still…

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