the last shadow warrior – sam subity | blog tour + arc review + giveaway (US only)

The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity StandaloneExpected publication: May 4th 2021 by Scholastic Press Age Range: Middle GradeGenre: Fantasy Rating: ★★★★ Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She's spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels… Continue reading the last shadow warrior – sam subity | blog tour + arc review + giveaway (US only)

clues to the universe – christina li | review (i needed kleenex.)

Clues to the Universe by Christina Li StandalonePublished January 12th 2021 by Quill Tree BooksAge Range: Middle GradeGenre: Historical FictionRepresentation: Chinese-American MC, Chinese SC, Iranian SC Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: The only thing Rosalind Ling Geraghty loves more than watching NASA launches with her dad is building rockets with him. When he dies unexpectedly, all Ro… Continue reading clues to the universe – christina li | review (i needed kleenex.)

dragon pearl – yoon ha lee | review

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee StandalonePublished January 15th 2019 by Rick Riordan PresentsAge Range: Middle GradeGenre: Fantasy, Science FictionRepresentation: Korean, non-binary SC, mention of poly relationship Rating: ★★★★ Synopsis: THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD MIN comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother… Continue reading dragon pearl – yoon ha lee | review

amari and the night brothers – b.b. alston | review

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston Series: Supernatural Investigations #1Published January 19th 2021 by Balzer + BrayAge Range: Middle GradeGenre: Fantasy, MysteryRep: Black MC Rating: ★★★★ Synopsis: Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes… Continue reading amari and the night brothers – b.b. alston | review

race to the sun – rebecca roanhorse | review

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse StandalonePublished January 14th 2020 by Rick Riordan PresentsAge Range: Middle GradeGenre: Fantasy, MythologyRep: Navajo (Native American) MC, African American-Navajo SC Rating: ★★★★ Synopsis: Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her… Continue reading race to the sun – rebecca roanhorse | review

the fallen hero – katie zhao | arc review

The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao Series: The Dragon Warrior #2Published October 13th 2020 by Bloomsbury USA KidsAge Range: Middle GradeGenre: Fantasy, Chinese MythologyDiversity: POC cast (Chinese-American), AOC (Chinese-American) Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warrior destined to wield the all-powerful spear Fenghuang, command dragons, and defeat demons. But… Continue reading the fallen hero – katie zhao | arc review

the girl and the ghost – hanna alkaf | ARC review

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna AlkafStandalonePublication: August 4th 2020 by HarperCollinsGenre: middle grade, fantasy, #ownvoices rating: ★★★★★ summary: A Malaysian folk tale comes to life in this emotionally layered, chilling middle grade debut, perfect for fans of The Book of Boyand The Jumbies. I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your… Continue reading the girl and the ghost – hanna alkaf | ARC review

the lost hero – rick riordan | review

The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanSeries: The Heroes of OlympusPublished October 12th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion BooksGenre: fantasy, young adult/middle grade, mythology, adventure rating: ★★★★ summary: Jason has a problem.He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend… Continue reading the lost hero – rick riordan | review

the dragon warrior – katie zhao | review + #DragonWarriorTour

The Dragon Warrior by Katie ZhaoStandalonePublished October 15th 2019 by Bloomsbury USA KidsGenre: middle grade, fantasy, mythology, #ownvoices links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository Rating: ★★★★★ synopsis: As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex… Continue reading the dragon warrior – katie zhao | review + #DragonWarriorTour

the battle of the labyrinth – rick riordan | review + discussion

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Published March 6th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children Genre: middle grade, fantasy, greek mythology, retelling links: Goodreads | *Book Depository - paperback / hardcover rating: ★★★★ synopsis: Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal… Continue reading the battle of the labyrinth – rick riordan | review + discussion