Book Reviews – October/November

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Suggestions for your kids to read this month

By Books and Books

1. Shadow Magic (MG)
By Joshua Khan
 Thorn is the son of an outlaw, but now he’s a slave. Lily was the last in line to a throne she never wanted, but a series of deaths have made her the ruler. As Lily tries to cope with her new office, a new slave arrives… Thorn, and he might have all the keys Lily needs to become the ruler her people need her to be, while still being herself.
2. The Serpent King (YA)
By Jeff Zentner
Life isn’t all sunshine and fun in rural Tennessee, especially for Dill. His father is the head of a church, and happens to believe highly in the practice of handling venomous snakes. His childhood friend and crush of many years, Lydia, is hoping to get out of town as soon as they graduate, but Dill sees graduation as the next step in being stuck in town forever.
3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II (YA)
By J.K. Rowling
It’s been 19 years since Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord Voldemort. Now, Harry is an overworked worker for the Ministry of Magic, and his eldest son, Albus, must deal with the legacy of both his father, and his namesake. Unfortunately for both, darkness will always exist where there is light. This is the printed
version of the script for the new play that opens in London this July.
4. The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey (MG)
By Chris Colfer
 In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror.
5. Roller Girl (MG)
By Victoria Jamieson
Astrid and Nicole are bff’s who do virtually everything together. So when Astrid gets enamored with the roller derby and signs up for a roller derby summer camp, she but Nicole goes to dance camp instead, Astrid’s summer becomes full of worry and confusion as her lifelong bff suddenly has new friends and different hobbies.
6. The Wild Robot (CB)
By Peter Brown
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?
7. Granddad’s Island (PB)
By Benji Davies
 A beautifully illustrated picture book where a young boy named Syd goes on an adventure to visit his grandfather’s island. With a lush and tropical background, no kid would want to go back to the real world. But when Syd is being called back home, he realizes that you can’t take everyone back with you.
8. Tell Me a Tattoo Story (PB)
By Alison McGee
 An unconventional story about a young boy and his father. Dad has tattoos but each tattoo has a story behind them.  This is a very sweet and loving story about family and a father and son bonding experience. Perfect for that cool dad on Father’s Day

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