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Get Excited About Spring December 15, 2013

Posted by ccbooks in Book Reviews.
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You should be excited about the spring, even if it’s still cold and December-ish, because there are some great titles coming out from both new and established authors. Here are a few that I’ve read and am looking forward to getting into readers’ hands:

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Oppel returns to the world of his Printz Honor-winning Airborn in this tale of high adventure on a cross-country train. Will’s father is the chief engineer on the Boundless, an enormous train traveling across the country to Lionsgate City. Along the way Will will encounter a murderer, a Mountie, a girl with a talent for wire-walking and disappearing, and a sasquatch, among many other characters. It’s a plot crammed with incident and danger and a fantastic tale for middle grade readers.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Fans of Catherynne Valente, here is your next read. Ophelia is wandering the halls of the massive museum where her father is curating a swords exhibit when she meets a marvelous boy. However, he is trapped by magic, and the Snow Queen is coming for him. Will Ophelia (who for the record, is scientifically minded and doesn’t believe in magic) be able to rescue him? This one is for lovers of fairy tales, adventures, creepy museums and quirky female leads.

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

In this second fairy tale inspired work, Preus (who won a Newbery Honor for Heart of a Samurai) mixes various Scandinavian tales with the story of two girls who are trying to find their way to the magical land of America. Dealing with obstacles from difficult relatives to a surly goatman to a spinner girl who might be magical, they use knowledge gleaned from tales like ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ to reach their goal. Preus was inspired by the journal of one of her ancestors and the back matter is fascinating.

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

A middle-grade debut, this will satisfy fans of Elise Broach’s Masterpiece and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer (as well as any kid who’s heard their parents raving about Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch). Theo Tenpenny is trying to scrape together enough pennies to keep herself and her absent-minded mother from starving when she inadvertently finds a potentially priceless painting in her late grandfather’s studio. A fun mystery with added interest for young artists and art historians.

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