I'm back from vacation and have some catching up to do! If you're a frequent reader, you'll know that I review books for AudioFile Magazine. Once submitted, I cannot reprint my reviews here, but I can offer a quick rundown, and link to the reviews as they appeared for AudioFile.
I am smitten with the unflappable Jennifer Strange, protagonist of Jasper Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam series. I recently reviewed the second book in the series, The Song of the Quarkbeast. A quirky, funny, and smartly-written fantasy series. Book 3, The Eye of Zoltar just published last month, so get reading! Read my review of The Song of the Quarkbeast here. Suggested for ages 10-14. (I think older readers may enjoy it as well.)
I love Cornelia Funke's dark fantasy titles. The Inkheart trilogy is a favorite series, and I thoroughly enjoyed Reckless, the first in the Mirrorworld series. I was thrilled when offered an opportunity to review her new early chapter book fantasy, Emma and the Blue Genie, especially when I discovered that she is the narrator. My review of Emma and the Blue Genie is here. Suggested for ages 7-10.
(I only reviewed the audio copy, but the print copy is lovely - small and special and delightfully illustrated)
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