Tag Archives: magic

Favourite: Plain Kate by Erin Bow

I’ve been reading a whole lot lately, especially in young adult fiction. I always feel a bit guilty when I give one part of the collection preference, so I decided to challenge myself to read a book from our middle-grade … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn

Spirit’s Key, the first book by Edith Cohn, is a middle-grade story that was as lovely as Eliza Wheeler’s beautiful cover art. Spirit Holden lives on the remote Bald Island, where she is considered an outsider (or “Dingbatter”) because she was born on … Continue reading

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Favourite: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

“Three hours before the avalanche hits, William Everett is sitting on an upturned crate, waiting for his father.” Kenneth Oppel’s The Boundless starts strong, gripping, and full of adventure, and the pace doesn’t let up until you’ve read the book cover to cover. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

What if every time you closed your eyes, you saw someone else’s life , someone living in a world entirely foreign to you, full of magic and danger? That is the premise of Corinne Duyvis’ debut novel Otherbound, a book which surprised me and … Continue reading

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New Arrivals: Chapter Books Edition

Some intriguing new chapter books will debut in the department this weekend! We have a few sequels, one of which is being compared to Harry Potter (The Ability). From the action-packed to the fantastical (or both), these could be your next summer … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I try not to judge books by their covers, but Shadow and Bone jumped out at me from our new YA display. It had the intriguing look of a sophisticated, engrossing fantasy, and once I started it, it was impossible to … Continue reading

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Upcoming Program: Abracadabra Magic Show

March Break is here, and in light of this, we have some pretty fun activities taking place this week. One of the most exciting is Abracadabra! our March WOW, taking place Sunday, February 9 at 3 pm. Next Sunday afternoon, … Continue reading

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Quick Reviews: YA and Middle Grade Chapter Books

Every time I pick up a book these days, it’s been absolute gold. It is hard to choose from this crop of great chapter books and YA that I’ve read recently, so here are some quick reviews that I hope … Continue reading

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Winter stories for Middle Graders

We had a few warm days this past week, but we’re in for another batch of icy weather. If you’re looking for something fun to read while staying inside, we have quite a few wintry tales that will keep you … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Garth Nix

I am an enduring fan of Garth Nix. His Old Kingdom series is a fantasy classic, and his stories have won some impressive awards. I have already written a glowing review of Sabriel, but I wanted to highlight Garth Nix’s work: … Continue reading

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