Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing @bookedupblog with a free copy of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A tome of a middle-grade novel, I gave this fantasy three stars. While it’s marketed to grades 4-7 due to the attitudes, adventures, ages of the main characters, I think the language and the length are a bit too daunting for that age range. This book seems to appeal more to adults who have enjoyed the works and history of the Bronte’s, yet would also like some fantastical fiction based on their lives. While Valente is a beautiful writer, I think this one is better left for a more mature middle-grade reader. It’s a great challenge for your more bookwormy middle-grade kiddos or for a read-along!
TL/DR: At 500+ pages, you may need to convince your younger readers to give this historical fantasy a try. If anything, you’ll enjoy reading it as an adult!
Rating: 3/5 stars
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the free copy of Jorie and the Magic Stones by A. H. Richardson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for the free copy of The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine in exchange for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.
Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for providing me with a free advanced copy of Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny by Stacie Eirich in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This was a short read, but it was engaging. I found myself wanting to know more and more as each chapter progressed. I was disappointed to find that the story ends right as the plot begins to thicken! However, I did find that the short poems included at the beginning of each chapter was a great way to introduce free-verse poetry to younger readers. I could see many teachers using this in their classrooms as an example of poetry used to tell a story and as a “finish the story” writing prompt.
Stacie Eirich has a great start to the story-and I’m anxious to know if there will be more!
Rating: 3 out of 5 (mostly because of the abrupt ending)
Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for providing me with a free advanced copy of The Metropolitans in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass from Flatiron Books and @starsabovejess' Instagram giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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