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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall

★★★★ ½ People sometimes make unexpected choices when they're lonely. The Penderwick sisters are summering with their father on a "cottage" (aka part of the Arundel estate). There's Rosalind (12), Skye (11), Jane (10) and Batty (4), and (of course) their dad and their dog (Hound Penderwick). They girls soon discover that this summer will be one that they… Continue reading The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall

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If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars – Carole P. Roman, Mateya Arkova (Illustrations)

★★★★ Ancient Greece, Ancient China...and Mars? Such a deviation from the usual theme - and yet it was ah-mazing! Have you ever looked into the sky and wondered...what would it be like to live up there? Carole does too - and she wrote a little book for you! If you were me and lived on… Continue reading If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars – Carole P. Roman, Mateya Arkova (Illustrations)

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The Beginner’s Guide to Runes – Josh Simonds

★★★ ½ By studying the lore and mythology of the ancient Norse people, we not only learn of the origin of the runes, but we also discover the gods and creatures that brought them to us... Ancient runes have been a popular source of divination and connection to Norse mythology for movies and books. This little guide… Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Runes – Josh Simonds

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn -Melissa Bashardoust

★★★ ½ Stories always begin the same way. There was and there was not. There is a possibility in those words, the chance for hope or despair. Soraya is a princess but she has spent her life in fairytales and hidden away because of her deepest, darkest secret. ...the div cursed her firstborn daughter, making her poisonous, so… Continue reading Girl, Serpent, Thorn -Melissa Bashardoust

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Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman

★★★★★ Death must exist for life to have meaning. The Scythedom is still reeling. In a stunning change of events, both Citra (now scythe Anastasia) and Rowan survived the trial by death...but unfortunately, it was not a cause of celebration. In response, Rowan has taken up the mantle of Scythe Lucifer - and he has gone completely… Continue reading Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman

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The Sigil: A Novel – Shakeil Kanish & Larissa Mandeville

★★★★★ I must have missed something. Something important. Lake Smithson had a charmed life. The keyword being "had". Everything changed with a robber killed his brother, plunging him into an increasingly uncertain world. Magic. He said magic. Holy crap. I'm Harry Potter. Lake finds himself involved with Breywood Academy - a secret school where people who can manipulate… Continue reading The Sigil: A Novel – Shakeil Kanish & Larissa Mandeville

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The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go – Makiko Itoh, Makiko Doi (photographer)

★★★ ½ Bento-boxes are all the rage - they have this pleasing aesthetic - with the bright colors, lovely little partitions, the adorable shapes and variety. Makiko Itoh has a wonderful little bento blog - where she showcases her adorable creations. This recipe has 25 bento menus with 150+ recipes. So, on the one hand, I quite like the… Continue reading The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go – Makiko Itoh, Makiko Doi (photographer)

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Florence Adler Swims Forever – Rachel Beanland

"How many people know about...Florence?" Florence and Fannie - sisters - spent their summers living above their parents' bakery. Fannie's daughter, Gussie, is spending the summer with Florence and her grandparents (Esther and Joseph) because doctors have ordered Fannie to undergo complete bed rest due to a high-risk pregnancy. Joseph then decides to take in… Continue reading Florence Adler Swims Forever – Rachel Beanland

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Modern Wicca – Rowan Morgana

...in 1954, Wicca became a popular way for people to embrace their spirituality without the constraints and dogma of organized religions. This wonderful little guide teaches about what it means to be a modern Wiccca. It begins by explaining what the Wiccan way is - including the history and origins of the religious movement. From there, the book discusses… Continue reading Modern Wicca – Rowan Morgana

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The Lost Sisters – Holly Black

★★★★ Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes. Set shortly after The Cruel Prince, we follow Taryn as she falls in love with Locke. Taryn and Jude are twin human girls, living in faeryland due to a series of unfortunate… Continue reading The Lost Sisters – Holly Black