Recently I checked out the list on Goodreads of books that are scheduled to be released in 2019
by Yoon Ha Lee
Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her.
To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.
This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.
Whether you are looking for a gift for a bookworm, or if you are a book-lover yourself, you got to show your love for your favorite series by getting a bee-yoo-tee-ful bookmarks. Etsy is a great place to find them (besides for all the other great things on that site). Here’s a collection of 8 super cool bookmarks for YA fantasy fans.
Here are several made by ATouchOfEpic, a seller with a lot of other bookish merch to drool over.
Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated his book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about his life following a stroke, by blinking his left eyelid.
Russian author Vladimir Nabokov wrote most of his major novels on index cards. Nabokov felt this method helped him figure out the best way to structure his plots. He kept a pack of cards under his pillows t so he could jot down any ideas that came to him at night.
Music Boxes is like a modern day fairy tale. But not a sweet, sugar coated fairy tale. This story brings you into a world that is equal parts sinister and enchanting, with the perfect amount of darkness for the middle grade audience. The tension starts immediately and doesn’t let up until the end. I enjoyed watching how Lindsey was sucked into the mystery (even thought I kept yelling at her in my head, “No, don’t do that!”) and her plucky resolve at the end of the story.
Music Boxes follows twelve-year-old Lindsey who has just moved from Nebraska to New York. She is not super excited about the move. She’s a ballet dancer, but her parents’ main focus is on her younger sister’s prodigious violin talent.
A great way for a family to find new books together is through podcasts. You can listen in the car, before bedtime, or while doing a 2,000 piece puzzle. Here’s a collection of podcasts for middle grade readers (and other ages).
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On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.