MMGM: WILLA OF THE WOOD by Robert Beatty

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Title: Willa of the Wood

Author: Robert Beatty

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher’s Description:

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.

Willa, a young night-spirit, is her clan’s best thief. She creeps into the cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won’t miss. It’s dangerous work–the day-folk kill whatever they don’t understand–but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

When Willa’s curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother, and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies, to escape. Only then does she begin to discover the shocking truth: that not all of her day-folk enemies are the same, and that the foundations of her own Faeran society are crumbling. What do you do when you realize that the society you were born and raised in is rife with evil? Do you raise your voice? Do you stand up against it?

As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her forest home, Willa must decide who she truly is, facing deadly force with warmest compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart.

As a long-time Robert Beatty fan I was both anxious and excited to enter Willa’s world. Would I love it as much as Seraphina? Would I only be thinking of Seraphina and friend the whole time?

I’m happy to say that I did love this book and I once I started reading, I was fully immersed in this new world and didn’t look back once.

Beatty’s writing is captivating, with descriptions that make the reader feel they’re in the forest and I held my breath when Willa was trying to be silent. The tension was off the charts!

I know I did say I didn’t compare to Seraphina, because I didn’t, but if you loved how the supporting characters developed not only the main character but important elements of the story, then you’ll be charmed by this story as well. Each character, whether human, Faeran, or animal, play a key part.

WILLA IN THE WOODS checked off all my loves in a book: Magic, Mystery, Enchanting Setting, and Heart.

While the expected magic is in the witchcraft, the gorgeous magic is in the world itself, in the trees and the mountains and the animals. And it wouldn’t be a Beatty book without the suspense and twists and turns. This story is so appealing and encourages the reader to FEEL, but while I do say it has heart, it is expectedly a bit scary, dark, and violent, so I will put that out there.

It also teaches a lesson without beating the reader over the head with it. Willa is a feisty character who has been taught to think a certain way about many things. Her story can inspire readers that they’re never too young to find out who they are and develop their own beliefs in what is right and what is wrong. To be an accepting, caring person.

I’ve already passed this into a few young hands and expect to be handing it on for years to come.

MMGM: 15 Summer-themed Books

With summer coming up, I’ve been craving a middle-grade read set in the summer. Something about the adventure of it. Sometimes the mystery. Always the magic.

And these 15 books have all of these. They will get you ready for summer-or get you through the summer-with a smile on your face.

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Publisher’s Description:

In this companion to A Tangle of Knots, it’s summertime and everyone is heading off to camp. For Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don’t know is that they’ve been gathered for a reason–one that the camp’s director wants to keep hidden at all costs.

Meanwhile, a Talent jar that has been dropped to the bottom of the lake has sprung a leak, and strange things have begun to happen. Dozens of seemingly empty jars have been washing up on the shoreline, Talents have been swapped, and memories have been ripped from one camper’s head and placed into another. And no one knows why.

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Publisher’s Description:

Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she’s not just a Monday. She’s a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy’s elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly-perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby’s choice in outfits. If only there were more days in the week!

cosmos

Publisher’s Description:

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like.

But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

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Publisher’s Description:

Everyone has secrets…

Who killed Annabel Harper?

When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked—especially twelve-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by Annabel’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates. As temperatures soar ver the summer, tensions rise, fingers are pointed, and a heroic act sets in motion a chain of events readers will never see coming.

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Publisher’s Description:

It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.

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Publisher’s Description:

When you’re the third of six kids, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is determined that this summer she’ll find the one thing that makes her stand out from her siblings.

And when she discovers a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating, she might just have found something to gain her the attention she so craves. Inside is a series of letters addressed to “The Librarian” and a manuscript. But who wrote them? With the help of annoying neighbor-turned-new-friend Jude, Sunday is determined to track down the author. And when she unveils this novel to the world, she’ll be famous!

But uncovering this manuscript means stirring up secrets that some people in the town hoped to keep buried. And Sunday must decide if some things — loyalty, trust, friendship — are worth more than her name in the headlines.

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Publisher’s Experiment:

A boring summer vacation turns unexpectedly interesting when mysterious lights appear over Roberta’s hometown in northern Maine. Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marillee can win the Maine State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. Communicating with aliens would certainly do the trick. But in order to win they’ll need to defeat their chief competitor, “The 4H’s of the Apocalypse”: Henry Horton Harris Helmsby.

This is a story told in a distinctive voice that is by turns funny, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking.

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Publisher’s Description:

Who eats Cheetos with chopsticks?! Avery and Becca, my “Chinese Sisters,” that’s who. We’re not really sisters—we were just adopted from the same orphanage. And we’re nothing alike. They sing Chinese love songs on the bus to summer camp, and I pretend like I don’t know them.

To make everything worse, we have to journal about our time at camp so the adoption agency can do some kind of “where are they now” newsletter. I’ll tell you where I am: At Camp Little Big Woods in a cabin with five other girls who aren’t getting along, competing for a campout and losing (badly), wondering how I got here…and where I belong.

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Publisher’s Description:

Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.

Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.

By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses and her friends decide to join her. It s kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.

In the newest novel by beloved National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff, kids have turned the tables on their parents, and all the rules have been tossed out the window. But does Winnie have what it takes to hold her ground and keep everyone happy?

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Publisher’s Description:

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). “Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.”—Booklist

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

matchstick

Publisher’s Description:

Brian can think of a few places he’d rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole.
 
Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it’s not just a home—it’s a castle. 
 
Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball.
 
This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who’s ever wished a little adventure would find them.

listenslowly

Publisher’s Description:

A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.

rambler

Publisher’s Description:

Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.
 
Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.

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Publisher’s Description:

In this heartwarming, funny middle-grade novel by the bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in a production of  The Wizard of Oz
 
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive–one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins. With her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background–and it’s a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!
 
Bubbling over with humor and tenderness, while emphasizing the importance of role models, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery.

tumbleblue

Publisher’s Description:

he magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.

But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones.

Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.

But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

YA Wednesday: Brenda Drake Books

With all of the endless work the amazing Brenda Drake puts into Pitch Wars every year, I wanted to put it out there that one of the best ways to show our gratitude is to read her books … which really isn’t fair because they’re so good, we really get the best deal on both ends.

I wanted to share with you what I love about her books and encourage you to go buy them asap … you won’t be sorry!

THE LIBRARY JUMPERS SERIES:

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Publisher’s Description:

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed. 

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Publisher’s Description:

Saving him could end her world.

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

This series is really a dream come true for a book lover like me. Jumping through a book to visit libraries all over the world? So amazing! Brenda does an awesome job of putting so much into one story without overwhelming the reader. The settings are gorgeous, the libraries are to die for, the boys are so cute!, Gia is someone I want to be, and the magical creatures and twists and turns will keep you reading into the night. So excited for the third one to come out next year!

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Publisher’s Description:

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves. 

CursingFate

Publisher’s Description:

There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

This series shows Brenda’s diversity as a writer and ability to write so many types of stories. I love the idea of a character having the power to change someone’s fate and the way Brenda develops the idea and the conflict Aster, and later her sister, Iris, go through is intense! Again, these are two books I couldn’t put down. The tension and pacing are perfection and there wasn’t a lull in the story or any part I didn’t enjoy. I loved how the series progressively got darker as well. The magic is eerie, the characters are fun to be around, and the writing is stellar. Must Read!

 

MMGM: Interview with Susan Maupin Schmid & Review of IF THE MAGIC FITS

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Title: IF THE MAGIC FITS

Author: Susan Maupin Schmid

Publication Date: October 25. 2016

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publisher’s Description:

Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.

This book is exactly the kind of book I would’ve picked up, devoured, and re-read when I was a young reader … but it’s also the kind of book I picked up, devoured and will re-read as an adult reader, and that is what is so charming about it.

IF THE MAGIC FITS has a classic feel to it, without feeling dated or boring. It is funny, tense, touching, and, of course, magical.

The author, Susan Maupin Schmid was kind enough to answer some questions for all of us and I am so pleased to have her!

—Where did you get the idea for this book?

From Eleanor Estes. Her Newbery Honor book, The Hundred Dresses, irked me as a child.  Poor Wanda is teased about wearing the same dress every day. But she claims she has a hundred at home. Except that she doesn’t!! Years later, my childhood disappointment over Wanda’s empty closet caused me to ask: What if there was a closet with one hundred dresses? At that point, Darling Dimple began to whisper in my ear about a castle built by dragons…

—What is your favorite scene in IF THE MAGIC FITS?

When Darling tries on one of the dresses for the first time. When I wrote it I had no idea who would appear in the mirror. I found myself typing Marci’s name—and I laughed out. That was the moment when the dresses themselves came to life for me.

—What did this story teach you about writing?

Hang on to the kernel! Every story idea has a tiny kernel of deeper meaning beneath it. You can monkey with the plot, but whatever you do, don’t lose sight of that kernel! It’s your story’s soul. Without it, your manuscript is a zombie, an undead version of a book, and not a real story

—What is your favorite thing about middle grade?

The magic of possibilities. Middle grade readers are so willing to ask “what if?” What if my dog could talk? What if my best friend turned into a chimpanzee? What if I owned the chocolate factory? And those are my favorite kinds of questions to answer.

—Can you please list your top 3 middle grade reads?

No. I can’t. I read dozens of middle grade novels every year and always find favorites. My all-time favorites are Edgar Eager’s Half Magic, Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, and Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time. Recent favorites: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (love Mo LeBeau), and The Forbidden Library series by Django Wexler (who should write faster; the idea of making me wait a whole year for another book! Someone should talk to him. Oh wait. I’m writing a series…it’s harder than it looks. Never mind).

—What advice do you have for anyone who wants to write middle grade?

Remember how it felt. Being ten. Being eleven. Turning twelve. In my opinion, that’s the secret to a great middle grade novel: stepping into those middle grade shoes.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk Middle Grade with us Susan! We’re so excited for IF THE MAGIC FITS to come out tomorrow!

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Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

My heart is just so full right now. I want to gush and gush about this magical book.

Kelly Barnhill has a natural fairly tale voice, one which pulls you in and envelops you in this magical setting and you can feel, hear, smell, taste and see everything around you. Barnhill built her world with a strong foundation and sturdy walls. The atmosphere in this book is so tangible, I felt like I had moved into the Bog. Or Protectorate. Or the treehouse near the castle ruins. Or the prison in the tower. Or the carpentry studio. Or a home that broke through the fog of sorrow and let the sunshine in.

I wanted to reach up to the moon and pull the tendrils down and drink and drink until, I too, would be enmagicked. I could feel the stars watching me. I could feel the Sorrow Eater coming. I grasped at the whispers of hope.

Even though I wanted to race through to the end to see how it would end, I read a paragraph, and then I read it a few more times. Then a few pages more, I had to stop again, and truly savor the words that danced through my mind like dream.

Each path the story took was one I would walk again and again, and when they converged in the end, I literally almost cheered out loud.

Somehow, I felt I was reading a story written at the beginning of time, but it felt so fresh at the same time. I knew my adult heart – the one who had mothered, had lost my own mother, had my ups and downs with believing – was learning from this story. Was growing and improving.

How amazing will this book be for children then? What an influence for good, without them feeling like they are learning a lesson. Lessons about doubt and hope. Growing up. Letting Go. Bravery and Courage. Love and Loss. But mostly love. These characters in this book give love so freely, but not naively, in such a way that is a good example to children today. To stand up for yourself against evil, but above all to love others and stand up for what is right.

The characters:

Xan, the woman who had made herself forget important memories, but who loved without boundaries. Luna, the girl who was discovering who she really was. The Madwoman who didn’t let sorrow or what other people thought bring her down. A Glerk, who was a Poet and a kind soul. An impossibly large, but actually tiny dragon who fits in pockets of jackets and hearts. Antain who was already great, but who turned out to be grand, in ways that truly matter.

I have no words to express how much I adore this book, because I’m still floating through the buzz of consuming Barnhill’s lyrical wonder.

There was not one thing I didn’t like about this book, and there are too many things to count that I adored. Instant classic in my home, a wonderful read-aloud, a savory silent-read.

At one point, one of the characters is talking about love (no specifics, don’t want to spoil), and the character says, “My love is boundless. My heart is infinite. And my joy expands and expands.”

As I read, I felt that way. My joy/attachment/love for this story expanded and expanded, and I never want it to end.

I’m linking up to more Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Shannon Messenger’s blog so go check it out!