Happy book birthday to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers!
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copies of these books. All opinions are our own.
THE HUNT FOR THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER – by Diane Magras
(March 5th 2019 ~ Kathy Dawson Books)
Photo and Review by Laura ~ originally on Instagram @librarianmsg
🌟 ALL THE STARS! 🌟
BRAVE. FAITHFUL. LEGEND.
Drest is my very favorite heroine of all time! I am thrilled to have an early copy of this historical fiction/adventure book. It comes out 3/5/19 and is the sequel to THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER, one of my top 16 middle grade reads for 2018. The sequel did NOT disappoint. If anything, there’s more adventure and more excitement in this book. Double crossings, hidden passageways, narrow escapes…Magras doesn’t hold back with the thrills and Drest is more than ready for all of it! Possibly my favorite aspect of these books is the relationship between Drest and her older brothers, especially how their advice invades her thoughts. I just LOVE the signature insults of the war-band family (“mewing squirrel-brained fish gut” might be my favorite in this book!). .
Drest is facing different challenges in this sequel — for one, she has a high price on her head and is in grave danger. Possibly more important, though — who is she in relation to her family? What kind of warrior will she be? When faced with betrayal, how will she react? Drest is brave, smart, quick and capable — but is it enough to keep herself, Emerick and Tig safe from threats known and unknown?
Here’s why I think you should read and buy this series:
*one of my favorite female middle grade characters OF ALL TIME (this is high praise. I read a lot!)
*it is a PAGE-TURNER! (I finished it in one day! at work! it was a busy day!)
*fascinating author notes at the end! love all the historical information!
THE RESTLESS GIRLS – by Jessie Burton
(March 5th 2019 ~ Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Photo and Review by Melissa ~ originally on Instagram @mllittleauthor
In her middle-grade retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, award-winning author Jessie Burton introduces us to the twelve daughters of King Alberto. After the death of the queen in a car racing accident (yes, not a car accident—a car *racing* accident)—Alberto, perhaps driven crazy by his grief, locks his daughters in a tower to keep them safe. Forever.
Too bad for him his twelve daughters happen to be restless.
What follows his a fantastic adventure that reads exactly like a classic fairy tale while still managing to give us a fantasy world with cars, airplanes, telephones, and refrigerators. I like High Fantasy with a little tech, and this book balanced it perfectly. I LOVED the hidden world the girls discover. You have never realized how desperately you want to attend a banquet of donuts with animal jazz musicians until you read this book.
The climax executed a twist I never saw coming and the ending was all so satisfying. It all came together perfectly, yet in a way I never would have guessed.
This fairy tale perfect for today’s young girls releases on March 5th, 2019.
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