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Journey to Jumbalot by Ryan Wakefield

Fresh and fluid… greatly addictive. Tense, funny, and poignant in the classic tradition, Wakefield’s debut takes readers on an exhilarating journey to a strange world filled with strange hybrid animals, frightening monsters, and magic. After two years of rough life…
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A Halloween Adventure with Jack and Ony Lantern by Sylvie Gionet

A fast-paced and thoroughly spooky Halloween adventure… Halloween brings some serious adventure for the sibling pair in this atmospheric, deeply engrossing romp. Jack and Ony are in a great mood, and who can blame them, between testing their new patch…
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The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Series (7 Books) by Claire Youmans

Splendid, nuanced, and unfailingly entertaining middle-grade read…. Part history, part folklore, and part fiction, Youmans’s vivid, deeply intriguing, and seemingly small story of a sibling pair, children who can turn into birds, tells a much larger tale of the Meiji…
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The Secrets of Chilkoot Trail by Suse Wilcox

Fascinating and compelling… Wilcox offers a compelling story of three children whose intelligence and knowledge is put to test after getting separated from adults on the historic Chilkook Trail. It was supposed to be a fun hiking trip to Alaska…
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The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

  A tidy middle-grade read… This somewhat spooky journey in a fully formed world features an engrossing story of a middle grader growing into her witch magic and solving a mystery. It’s on her 13th birthday when middle grader Abby…
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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista

  A riveting page-turner that’s high on anticipation… Jay gracefully blends history with archeology, fantasy, and non-stop action in his first installment of The Forerunner Saga series as he takes readers on a rousing, adventurous journey with mighty Viking warriors…
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The Slug Queen Chronicles: Season One by S.O. Thomas

  A highly addictive magical tale… Thomas crafts a captivating middle-grade fantasy around the theme of acceptance and the power of the love and sacrifice. Cricket Kane is just an average eleven-year-old if not for her ability to see magical…