Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Gnome Summer reading recommendations part 4

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee. Young girl Ophelia finds a strange boy trapped in a room in the Museum her father just accepted a job at. With Ophelia’s help the young boy hopes to right a wrong made long ago. Reminiscent of a young Pan’s Labyrinth mixed with Narnia, I loved this book. There were terrifying moments with monsters both seen and imagined but still, humans are the most terrifying. More on her worlds at

Magyk, by Angie Sage. This series is like Harry Potter but focusing on a family much like the Weasleys. A family with many sons loses their seventh son on the night of his birth when the midwife claims he is dead and disappears before a young girl is given to the family in his stead by a stranger. The children grow up and the young girl is unable to do the magic that everyone else in her family is capable doing.  She and a young guard, with only a number for a name, are thrown together on the run from assassins and monsters. It is a massive seven book series that now has a few side stories as well. Great fantasy adventure tropes and an oddly quick read for such a large first book. If your readers have already read the Potter books this is a good next series for them. More information on the author on her website

Keep tuned in for some adult recommendations coming soon!

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