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Autumn Shivers 2017 – New Horror Books for Kids

Halloween books

What a perfectly HORRIBLE autumn it’s going to be this year! It’s time for another look ahead at the most frightening books for kids coming out just in time for Halloween… Don’t miss these soul-churning tomes of darkness! The Empty Grave   (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud Release…

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Book Review – Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Baba Yaga's Assistant

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by By Marika McCoola & Illustrated by Emily Carroll Candlewick Press, 2015 132 Pages Middle Grade (8-12) Masha is unhappy with her new, surprise stepmother, and even more overjoyed at sharing her house with a hateful younger step-sister, Dani. When it becomes clear that Dad’s been out…

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Dark Army – Starblade Chronicles

The Dark Army

The Dark Army Starblade Chronicles (#2) by Joseph Delaney Greenwillow Books, 2016 416 Pages Young Adult (13 and up) One giant sigh of relief! Aside from which, I didn’t like the beginning of the novel. It feels like Tom is being used and Jenny is a sop who is just…

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A New Darkness: Book Review

A New Darkness

A New Darkness The Starblade Chronicles #1 by Joseph Delaney   Greenwillow Press, 2015 (US) 352 Pages Middle Grade (13 and up)   The Spook John Gregory is dead. His crusade against witches and boggarts in the County and his apprentice Tom Ward’s showdown with The Fiend has come to…

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Took – Book Reviews


Took   by Mary Downing Hahn   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015   272 Pages   Middle Grade (9-12 and up)       With her latest novel, the Grand Mistress of the ghost story spins a yarn better than Old Nancy and her wise black cat, Satan! An American gothic…

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