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Kids' Picks

We love letting our younger readers know what kids books we've enjoyed reading, but sometimes it's better to hear recommendations from a fellow kid! So we've provided picks and blurbs below for kids, by kids - happy reading!

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Morrigan, born on Eventide, is supposedly "cursed" to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But when the mysterious Jupiter North whisks her away into the enigmatic Free State in order to join the Wundrous Society, Morrigan is safe - for now. Morrigan must complete four trials in order to gain membership to the Wundrous Society: the Book Trial, the Chase Trial, the Fright Trial, and the Show Trial. However, Morrigan needs a "knoack" to get into the Society. Though Jupiter insists she has one, Morrigan isn't so sure. Even more frightenlingly, if Morrigan fails just one trial, she will be forced to go back home, or even die at the hands of the evil Wundersmith.

I love that this book combines fantasy and mystery into one story. Along the way, Morrigan is guided by such creatures as witches, vampires, and a giant talking cat. I also enjoyed reading about the different ways the characters in this book celebrate holidays, including Morningtide, Hallowmas, and Christmas. I really hope this is the first book of a series. I can't wait for more! - Lilia


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The Spinner of Dreams By K. A. Reynolds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062673954
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Published: HarperCollins - August 27th, 2019

This story takes place in a world governed by great twin powers: the Fate Spinner and the Spinner of Dreams. Since the day of Annalise Meriwether's birth, everyone in her sunless, desolate village has been cursed. Annalise's entire life is a constant struggle to hold true against the resentment of the townspeople who blame her for their every misfortune, the ever-growing strength of the monster embedded in the dark mark on her left hand, and her own anxiety threatening to tear her apart. But when a magical white cat introduces Annalise to the way she can obtain all her wildest dreams, she must overcome her fears and come to terms with her monster in order to beat the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and liberate her world from the curse of the Fate Spinner. The imagery deployed in the writing of this story is beautiful and immersive. From the red sun and stars of the labyrinth to the train made of white crows to Annalise's blackberry hair, the book feels like a beautifully made Studio Ghibli movie. Annalise's newfound friends - Muse, the exiled dream cat; Nightingale and Bowie, the fiery dreamers; and Mister Edwards, the shy black fox who wants nothing more than to be reunited with his beloved husband, Mister Amoureux - are lovely in character, vivid in appearance, and generally fun to read about. I would also recommend reading the author's note at the end, in which the author connects some of the events in the story to her own life. This is a wonderful book! - Lilia


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Midsummer's Mayhem By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019

This was so much fun to read! This modern retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream takes place in the Massachusetts town of Comity, home of celebrities for over 200 years. Mimi Mackson feels overlooked by her accomplished older siblings and parents, but she takes comfort in her baking and her walks in the forest near her home. It's almost midsummer when Mimi discovers a new bakery, the While Away Cafe, run by an eccentric cast of beautiful young women with bizarre names. After meeting a strange new friend called Vik in the forest who shares her passion for baking, Mimi decides to enter the While Away Cafe's bake-off and shoot for a chance to earn her own fame. She and Vik dream up new flavor combinations with herbs growing in the forest that seem almost magical. But as Mimi's family starts acting stranger and stranger and the mystery surrounding Vik grows thicker, Mimi must draw upon all her baking and detective skills to set things right. 

The antics caused by Mimi's older siblings and their loves were outrageous and entertaining, as were the strange culinary creations of her father. It was very fun to read about Mimi's newest creations and to notice the similarities between this story and Shakespeare's play. There are even a few recipes in the back of the book! - Lilia


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Goldeline By Jimmy Cajoleas Cover Image
$6.99
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ISBN: 9780062498762
Published: HarperCollins - February 26th, 2019

This was amazing! Ever since Goldeline's Momma was executed by the evil Preacher for being a witch, Goldeline has lived with Gruff and his band of outlaws in the forest. She loves hearing Gruff's stories of Moon Haven and the Half-Moon Inn, a place filled with wonders only for real bandits. When the Preacher finds their encampment, Goldeline must cross into the dark side of the forest with her new friend, Tommy, in order to reach Moon Haven. But when nothing is as it seems, not even the wondrous Half-Moon Inn, it will take all of Goldeline's magic to rescue her friends and make it out of the forest alive.

My favorite part of this book was that the story was set in an entirely different world, complete with its own religion, stories, and traditions. It also seems that every enemy Goldeline and Tommy encounter along the way, even the Preacher, as some amount of good in them. That's the way it is in the real world, and I like that the author was able to create characters realistically. I absolutely loved the book. - Lilia


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The Wizards of Once By Cressida Cowell Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316472166
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

The book centers around a years-old feud between Wizards, a tribe of people with Magic, and Warriors, a tribe of people determined to destroy all Magic. Xar, son of the Wizard King Encanzo, had no Magic, and he was determined to acquire it in any way he could, even from a Dark source, like a Witch. But Witches had been extinct his entire life... right? Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen Sychorax, was attracted to Magic, despite her mother's beliefs. She even had a pet Enchanted Spoon. One night, Xar and his followers set off to catch a Witch and obtain its magic. On the same night, Wish and her Assistant Bodyguard, Bodkin, set off with a stolen Enchanted Sword to find the runaway Spoon. Instead of a Witch, Xar caught Wish and Bodkin, only to find what seemed to be Witchblood on the Sword. Soon, Xar an Wish form a tentative friendship to break into the Warrior Fort and evade Queen Sychorax. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy swirled with humor and a dash of creepiness! - Lilia


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The Magic Misfits By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316355575
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Runaway Carter ends up in the little town of Mineral Falls. Though Carter has always been good at tricks, he is convinced there is no such thing as real magic, at least until he meets the illusionist Dante Vernon. With Mr. Vernon's assistance, Carter teams up with Leila, an escape artist, Theo, who makes things levitate, and Ridley, who specializes in transformation. When their most prized possessions are stolen at B.B. Bosso's carnival, the four friends are thrown into a plot involving the theft of the largest diamond in the world. Assisted by Olly and Izzy, twins specializing in showbusiness, the newly formed Magic Misfits must use all their skills in order to stop B.B. Bosso and save Mr. Vernon from his clutches. 

I absolutely loved the humor in this book! I like books in which the narrator has side-conversations with the reader as well as narrates, and this was one of those books. Another thing I like about this book is that there are instructions throughout the book on how to do four different magic tricks. This was an amazing book! - Lilia