Serafina and the Twisted Staff

Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2016-07-12
ISBN 10: 1484778693
ISBN 13: 9781484778692
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serafina and the Twisted Staff Book Review:

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin. Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she's convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise. Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees. Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she'd ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-07-14
ISBN 10: 148471511X
ISBN 13: 9781484715116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Review:

"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul." Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate.There's plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity...before all of the children vanish one by one. Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

Serafina and the Splintered Heart

Serafina and the Splintered Heart
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2017-07-03
ISBN 10: 1484781236
ISBN 13: 9781484781234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serafina and the Splintered Heart Book Review:

In the highly-anticipated next installment of the Serafina series, Serafina must confront the darkest threat she's ever encountered at Biltmore Estate. She knows she can face anything with her best friend and closest ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, by her side. But when a sinister force tears them apart, Serafina scrambles to uncover the mystery of her most formidable challenge yet...and about herself and the destiny that awaits her.

Willa of Dark Hollow

Willa of Dark Hollow
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2021-05-04
ISBN 10: 136801061X
ISBN 13: 9781368010610
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Willa of Dark Hollow Book Review:

This enchanting companion to Robert Beatty's instant #1 New York Times bestseller Willa of the Wood is perfect for any reader who cares deeply about the natural world. Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, she is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines? When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force that seems to be hunting humans. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against a consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world. Filled with a compelling mixture of history, mystery, and magic, Robert Beatty's books are loved by readers from 8 to 108. Grow your middle grade fantasy collection with these best-selling fan favorites: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Willa of the Wood

Willa of the Wood
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-07-10
ISBN 10: 1368010601
ISBN 13: 9781368010603
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Willa of the Wood Book Review:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty comes a spooky, thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. Willa, a young nightspirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk in the cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work—the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand. But when Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in a day-folk man's home, everything she thought she knew about her people—and their greatest enemy—is forever changed.

Seraphina

Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publsiher: Penguin Group
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-07-10
ISBN 10: 0385668406
ISBN 13: 9780385668408
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seraphina Book Review:

A new vision of knights, dragons, and the fair maiden caught in between . . . Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered. While a sinister plot to destroy the peace is uncovered, Seraphina struggles to protect the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance will make a magical, indelible impression on its readers.

Soar

Soar
Author: Joan Bauer
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-01-05
ISBN 10: 0698159942
ISBN 13: 9780698159945
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soar Book Review:

Newbery Honor–winner Joan Bauer's newest protagonist always sees the positive side of any situation—and readers will cheer him on! Jeremiah is the world’s biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he’s told he can’t play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he’ll do the next best thing and become a coach. Hillcrest, where Jeremiah and his father Walt have just moved, is a town known for its championship baseball team. But Jeremiah finds the town caught up in a scandal and about ready to give up on baseball. It’s up to Jeremiah and his can-do spirit to get the town – and the team – back in the game. Full of humor, heart, and baseball lore, Soar is Joan Bauer at her best.

Beastkeeper

Beastkeeper
Author: Cat Hellisen
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN 10: 0805099832
ISBN 13: 9780805099836
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beastkeeper Book Review:

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She's grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn't know that it's magic her parents are running from. When Sarah's mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn't even know were still alive. Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

The Magic of Friendship Snow

The Magic of Friendship Snow
Author: Andi Cann
Publsiher: Hibou
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-11-20
ISBN 10: 9781949761443
ISBN 13: 1949761444
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magic of Friendship Snow Book Review:

The Words in My Hands

The Words in My Hands
Author: Asphyxia
Publsiher: Annick Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2021-11-09
ISBN 10: 1773215302
ISBN 13: 9781773215303
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Words in My Hands Book Review:

Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong. Smart, artistic, and independent, sixteen year old Piper is tired of trying to conform. Her mom wants her to be “normal,” to pass as hearing, to get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind—like survival. Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate for her Deafness in a world made for those who can hear. But when she meets Marley, a new world opens up—one where Deafness is something to celebrate, and where resilience means taking action, building a com-munity, and believing in something better. Published to rave reviews as Future Girl in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sept. 2020), this empowering, unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings. Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.

Spy Spy Again

Spy  Spy Again
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-06-09
ISBN 10: 0756413257
ISBN 13: 9780756413255
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spy Spy Again Book Review:

In this third novel of the Family Spies series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily's youngest child must follow in his parents' footsteps to protect both his family and the realm. Thirteen year old Prince Kyril and Mags and Amily's fourteen-year-old son Tory "share" the Gift of Farsight--although neither of them are Chosen. They are self-trained, though currently, their shared Gift only allows them to see what is happening with their immediate family members. After much debate, the Herald's Collegium has decided to test and train them anyway. That's when the surprises start. They do not share a single Gift; they have two complementary Gifts working together in a way that the Heralds have never seen before. Tory is the Farseer--Kee's Gift is to extend his range beyond a few dozen feet. Their Gifts become crucial when Mags gets a desperate message from his cousin Bey, the head of the enigmatic assassin-tribe, the Sleepgivers. Bey's eldest daughter has been kidnapped, but he doesn't know why or by whom. He's calling in the debt Mags owes him to find his daughter before it's too late. Tory is certain that if anyone can find her, he can. But that will mean traveling out of Valdemar into an unknown, dangerous country. And it will mean taking a Royal Prince with him.

Summer and July

Summer and July
Author: Paul Mosier
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-06-09
ISBN 10: 0062849387
ISBN 13: 9780062849380
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summer and July Book Review:

From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo’s Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Standish, and Erin Entrada Kelly. Twelve-year-old Juillet is preparing for the worst summer ever. She and her mom are staying in the seaside neighborhood of Ocean Park, California, for a month, where her mom will be working at the local hospital and Juillet will be on her own, like always. Her dad is off in Europe with his new girlfriend, and her best friend, Fern . . . well, Juiller isn’t allowed to talk to Fern anymore. Fern took the blame for Juillet’s goth-girl clothes and “not-real” fears, like sharks and rip currents and the number three. Then Juillet meets Summer, a local surfer girl who knows the coolest people and places around town. With free-spirited and adventurous Summer, Juillet begins to come out of her shell and face the things weighing her down. But when Summer reveals her own painful secret, it’s Juillet’s turn to be the strong and supportive friend. Named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year!

Emily Windsnap Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea

Emily Windsnap  Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea
Author: Liz Kessler
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 1552
Release: 2016-10-11
ISBN 10: 0763692255
ISBN 13: 9780763692254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emily Windsnap Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea Book Review:

Half-mermaid, half-human, and all magic, Emily Windsnap has had middle-grade readers under her spell for more than a decade. All six of her shimmering underwater adventures are now available in one beautiful collection with a bonus friendship booklet for readers to share with their BFFs. Includes books 1 through 6: The Tail of Emily Windsnap; Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep; Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist; Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret; Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun; Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls; Bonus! Best Friends with Emily Windsnap booklet

Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver
Author: MarcyKate Connolly
Publsiher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-01-02
ISBN 10: 1492649961
ISBN 13: 9781492649960
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadow Weaver Book Review:

Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that's filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic. Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company. Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble's mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away. With the noble's guards on her trail, Emmeline's only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline's not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it's hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

Floodgate Companion

Floodgate Companion
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9781942801986
ISBN 13: 194280198X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Floodgate Companion Book Review:

Floodgate Companion is Robert Beatty's debut monograph, a cosmic and immersive collection of artwork from the renowned album cover artist.

Frankie Bug

Frankie   Bug
Author: Gayle Forman
Publsiher: Aladdin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-10-12
ISBN 10: 1534482539
ISBN 13: 9781534482531
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Frankie Bug Book Review:

In the debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman comes a poignant and powerful coming-of-age story that follows a young girl and her new friend as they learn about family, friendship, allyship, and finding your way in a complicated world. It’s the summer of 1987, and all ten-year-old Bug wants to do is go to the beach with her older brother and hang out with the locals on the boardwalk. But Danny wants to be with his own friends, and Bug’s mom is too busy, so Bug is stuck with their neighbor Philip’s nephew, Frankie. Bug’s not too excited about hanging out with a kid she’s never met, but they soon find some common ground. And as the summer unfolds, they find themselves learning some important lessons about each other, and the world. Like what it means to be your true self and how to be a good ally for others. That family can be the people you’re related to, but also the people you choose to have around you. And that even though life isn’t always fair, we can all do our part to make it more just.

A Curious Tale of the In Between

A Curious Tale of the In Between
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-01
ISBN 10: 1619636018
ISBN 13: 9781619636019
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Curious Tale of the In Between Book Review:

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano comes a delightful tale of a girl who can talk to ghosts that's perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Holly Black. Pram Bellamy is special--she can talk to ghosts. She doesn't have too many friends amongst the living, but that's all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix. Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram's power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost. New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano is beloved by critics and readers alike, and her middle grade debut is lyrical, evocative and not to be missed.

Poisoned

Poisoned
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN 10: 1338268511
ISBN 13: 9781338268515
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poisoned Book Review:

From Jennifer Donnelly, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Stepsister, comes a fairytale retelling that'll forever change the way you think about strength, power, and the real meaning of "happily ever after."

Stuffed

Stuffed
Author: Liz Braswell
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2019-11-05
ISBN 10: 1368044409
ISBN 13: 9781368044400
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stuffed Book Review:

Welcome, little one. You have been chosen to join us, in the dark and in the light, in love and in cloth, in safety and in danger. You join us. Everyone thinks that Clark is too old to still play with stuffed animals. He's almost eleven! Bullies target him at school while his mother tries increasingly un-subtle ways to wean him off his toys and introduce more "normal" interests. But Clark can't shake the feeling that his stuffed friends are important, even necessary. Sometimes they move around in the night and sometimes in the morning they look a little worse for wear, as if they've engaged in battle. And it turns out . . . he's right. Clark's dad is under attack by a nefarious, shadowy monster called a King Derker, and only Clark's stuffies are able to fight him off. The problem is, no one believes Clark, and when his mom tries to rid the house of stuffed animals to try to get him to grow up, she's actually putting Clark's dad and the entire household in mortal peril. Now it's up to Clark's grandma-made sock animal, Foon, to save the day. Luckily, being handmade by a loved one gives Foon extra battle points, but he's still a brand-new stuffy. Does he have what it takes to rid Clark's house of all its monsters? Told through both Clark's and Foon's points of view, Stuffed confirms every kid's dream: that stuffed animals do have a life and a purpose, and that sometimes the most unconventional friendships are also the most valuable.

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-08-07
ISBN 10: 1423132173
ISBN 13: 9781423132172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Artemis Fowl Book Review:

Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of the bedtime stories-they're dangerous!