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Winterling

Winterling

WinterlingFer lives in a cottage in the woods with her Grandmother, Grand-Jane. Grand-Jane knows a lot about the woods and the plants there – especially how the plants can heal people or ease their troubles.

One day while Fer is out in the woods she hears a snarling dog fight and sees a pack of wolves attacking a black dog. 3 against 1 plain makes her mad! She grabs a large stick and starts swinging it and yelling. Miraculously, the wolves fade back into the bushes.

Panting, Fer turned to the thing they’d been attacking. It had fallen beneath the branches of a bush; she saw its dark shape huddled there. Carefully, gripping her club in case it tried to bite, she pushed aside the branches, letting the moon’s light in. Fer blinked and set down the club. It wasn’t a dog at all. It was a boy.” (page 11)

Huh. A boy! Something strange is going on here! And when Fer takes the bleeding boy home for Grand-Jane to heal, things get stranger still, because Grand-Jane says, “No.” No? Don’t help a bleeding little boy? He does snarl like a dog. He also has yellow eyes. It turns out Grand-Jane knows some things Fer doesn’t; things about how a little boy and black dog can actually be the same thing!

A great adventure that puts Fer in a magical place where the lines between humans and animals are blurred and where questions asked three times and promises are the most powerful magic of all. I look forward to seeing what happens next. I hope there is a book two because I’m not done with Fer and the blackdog/boy and that black horse on the cover – he’s part of it too!

Don’t miss Sarah Prineas’s other OUTSTANDING series, The Magic Thief. If you liked Fer and her adventure transporting to a magical place and discovering her place in it, try The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wildwood, or 100 Cupboards:
The Magic Thief The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Wildwood 100 Cupboards
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The Crowfield Demon

The Crowfield Demon

The Crowfield Demon

In The Crowfield Curse, orphan Will became a servant at The Crowfield Abbey so that he would have a place to live and food to eat. Will worked hard. He also learned he had a special gift. Will has the sight. That means he can see the creatures of Old Magic; creatures called the fay most people can’t see. In that first adventure, Will does something important for an Angel. I won’t tell you what, in case you want to read that one first.

In this second adventure Will still lives at the Abbey with Brother Snail, a kind monk who tends the gardens. He also has two special friends, a warrior fay called Shadlock who does work around the Abbey just to be near Will and protect him, and a hobgoblin called Brother Walter –  a small creature that can ride on Will’s shoulder and senses when danger is near.

The hob climbed down from the tree and stood beside Will, his face sharp with anxiety. “Something bad is coming,” he whispered. Will crouched down beside him. “Is it the king?” “No,” the hob said, edging a little closer to him, “Not the king. Something much, much worse than him.” “And it’s in the forest?” The hob nodded. “It’s close by, maybe in the forest, maybe here in the brothermen’s stone place. I don’t know for sure, but I can feel it.” (page 3)

Walter is right, something strange IS going on. The church’s wall has a huge crack in it that is growing wider every day – like a silent, slow earthquake is shaking the Abbey from below. The monks begin to report feeling a presence or something unknown hiding in the shadows as well as haunting dreams – nightmares. There HAS been something hidden deep under the church and the monks have inadvertantly let it loose – a demon even the fay fear.

Brother Snail, Will, Shadlock and the hob set out on a journey to save the Abbey and everyone they know from the ancient demon. Their loyalty to each other and their faith are put to the test as they go toe to toe with an ancient evil. The monks and Will are praying for some help and as is often the case, when a prayer gets answered, it is often very different from what the prayer had in mind! The story is a bit like Frodo and the ring, actually, with Will and his loyal band of friends. Brother Snail is the nurturer/worrier, Shadlock the warrior and hob the trusty sidekick. Walter is a little like Harry Potter’s Dobby, he’s very, very loyal and has some magic powers of his own that Will trusts. I have really liked how the friendship between them has developed since the beginning of The Crowfield Curse, when they didn’t even know each other yet. Author: Pat Walsh

If you liked reading about Will, Shadlock, Walter and the Brothermen at the Abbey, try these other adventures set in medieval times when spiritual beliefs and the supernatural were often mixed up together.
The Crowfield Curse Crispin and the Cross of Lead The Ramsay Scallop The Door in the Wall
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Icefall

Icefall

Icefall

Solveig is the King’s middle kid – the daughter between the beautiful princess and the little brother that will be king someday. Her Dad even forgets about her. When the kids are sent to a mountain hideout in the frozen north to wait out a war they take along supplies and their own private army of beserkers; Norse warriors who can do crazy feats of strength while in a battle trance. As their supplies start to dwindle the fortress becomes a snowbound prison with little food and rising tensions. And then people start getting sick…poisoned…but by who? It HAS to be someone in the group. Solveig has to dig deep to find the strength and cunning to make choices about who is a good ally…and who is the traitor. Author: Mathew Kirby

If you like the strategy and intrigue of palace alliances try these:
Ruins of Gorlan Heroes of the Valley Conspiracy of Kings The Outcasts
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Kid Review: Ghost Pirate Treasure

Kid Review: Ghost Pirate Treasure

Creepella Von Cacklefur Ghost Pirate Treasure

Creepella investigates mysterious holes around Squeakspeare’s mansion – could legendary pirate Morgan Blackwhisker be searching for his lost buried treasure?

Lily says:

I really like it! The Creepella books are WAY funny!

Personally, I’m a fan of “WAY funny!” so I’m going to give this one a try. I’ve read Geronimo Stilton’s books about himself and his sister Thea, but have not read any about Creepella von Cacklefur, a journalist just like Geronimo…but creepy! Author: Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton. He’s an author. He’s a mouse. He solves mysteries. If you like Geronimo and Creepella, try Hermux Tantamoq, a watchmaker mouse who also stumbles into mysteries and solves them.
The Secret of Cacklefur Castle The Thirteen Ghosts Meet Me in Horrorwood Time Stops for No Mouse
The Sands of Time No Time Like Show Time Time to Smell the Roses
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Dear Dumb Diary #13: School. Hasn’t This Gone On Long Enough?

Dear Dumb Diary #13: School. Hasn’t This Gone On Long Enough?

School. Hasn't This Gone On Long Enough?

Jamie’s always got something going on. This time she has a letter her math teacher sent home. Let’s just say the letter is not inviting her to be on the math bowl team. Jamie would like her math teacher to just give up:

Mr. Henzy, my math teacher, still seems interested in teaching me math in spite of a great deal of evidence that it can’t be done. It’s kind of cute in a way, like watching a baby try to reach something just outside his crib. A big, mean, boring baby. (page 5)

Instead, Jamie’s parents come down hard. She has to improve her math grade by the end of the next quarter, “or else.” That doesn’t sound good. Luckily Jamie’s got her friend Isabella to help her figure out what to do…Isabella helps by insisting that Jamie do her homework…and by punching Jamie in the arm when she gets something wrong. That’s just the kind of friend Isabella  is. When a quiz reveals that Jamie’s grasp of math is NOT improving, Isabella is NOT happy, and when Isabella’s not happy, NOBODY’S happy. Expecially Jamie, who better do what Isabella says…or else! Author: Jim Benton

#1 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
#2 My Pants are Haunted (When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People)
#3 Am I the Princess or the Frog
#4 Never Do Anything, Ever
#5 Can Adults Become Human?
#6 The Problem with Here is That it’s Where I’m From
#7 Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
#8 It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything
#9 That’s What Friends Aren’t For
#10 The Worst Things in Life are Also Free
#11: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
#12: Me! (Just Like You, Only Better)

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