Category Archives: Adventure

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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Remarkable, by Elizabeth Foley; Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu; Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, with illustrations by Carson Ellis

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Reviews of three Middle Grade fiction adventures.

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Summer and Bird, by Katherine Catmull: 4/5

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Sisters Summer and Bird awaken one morning to find the house empty and cold. Their parents—and the family cat—have disappeared. Following an encoded message from …

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente: 3.5/5

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September has waited all year for Fairyland to reveal itself to her again. She wants nothing more than to experience the lightness and joy that Fairyland has to offer, after the darkness …

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Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman: 4.5/5

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Though humans and dragons have lived peacefully for 40 years, old tensions run high. Dragons take human form and act as ambassadors, and as lightning rods for anti-dragon sentiment …

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz: 4/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy atmosphere, dueling magic, deadly artifacts, plenty of villains (including one who is downright dastardly) …

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In A Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz: 5/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy retold fairy tales, creepy made-up fairy tales, frightening sea creatures, bone collections. Also: there’s lots of …

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The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury: 4.5/5

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Good for: This is a Halloween classic! It’s great, not only for children, but for anyone who wants a spooky introduction to the history of the …

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The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean: 5/5

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Spooky elements: Wolves! In the walls! (and the images by Dave McKean are extremely spooky.) Good for: Kids, and Neil Gaiman and …

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The Woman Who Died A Lot, by Jasper Fforde: 3.5/5

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Thursday is stuck in the real world, recuperating from some very painful injuries. But if anyone expected Thursday Next to take a vacation …

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