Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Maurice is a cat. He has a group of rats — talking, intelligent rats — that do his bidding because he pays them. They make money by doing a fake Pied Piper act, complete with a stupid-looking kid named Keith to play the pipe. The rats are tired of the act, so the town called Bad Blintz will be the last one.

But Bad Blintz is no ordinary town. There is something evil lurking in the tunnels under the town — something that talks into your head, something that is stealing all of the food from the people who live there. It’s up to Maurice, the rats (especially Peaches, Darktan, and Dangerous Beans), the kid named Keith, and the mayor’s daughter Malicia to solve the mystery and save Bad Blintz from crippling famine.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ender is only six when he is discovered by the Battle School to be a brilliant leader. Taken from his family, including his beloved older sister, Valentine, Ender is isolated in space, where he must learn all he can, as quickly as he can. There is a war going on – a war against the buggers, creatures from deep space who want to destroy the humans on earth so that they can colonize the planet.

Ender finds himself excelling at everything, even while he is loathed by the other children in the school. He plays game after game of simulation, but in the end – is this a game? What are they training them for?  Or is he training himself?

 

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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

A witch cannot be born on chalk. And yet, here is Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who has read the entire dictionary and is very skilled with a frying pan, who wants to be a witch when she grows up. Just like she suspects her Granny Aching was.

When Tiffany’s younger brother Wentworth is kidnapped by the evil Fairy Queen, Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, or pictsies — little blue men about six inches high who love to steal, fight, and drink — to get him back. She will have to battle nightmares, paintings, a jealous female pictsie, and an unwanted marriage, but in the end, success will depend on her common sense – and Granny Aching’s knowledge of sheep.

 

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The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ever since the 19 Days, when the entire world was destroyed by a series of natural disasters, Great Britain has been scraping out a living under the royal Windsor family. Princess Eliza knows something is wrong, but even she wasn’t expecting the family’s annual ball to be attacked by an insane murderer and usurper named Cornelius Hollister- the same man who murdered her mother.

Eliza finds herself alone, an orphan whose brother and big sister are being held hostage by Hollister. She goes undercover to try to save them and discovers both Hollister’s army and a secret Resistance. Desperate to save her family, Eliza is falling in love with a young man named Wesley and trying to keep away from Hollister. But how long will a sixteen-year-old girl last as the most wanted person in the world?

 

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The Leveler by Julia Durango

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In a world where the primary entertainment is a virtual reality called the MEEP, where you can go into the video game itself as an avatar, Nixy Bauer is a successful bounty hunter who returns kids to the real world if they go over the legal time limit of four hours. When she is called on her hardest case yet — returning the game developer’s son, Wyn, from the virtual world where he’s hiding — she accepts happily.

But this is not just a game, and Wyn is not hiding. Someone is holding him prisoner and is determined that no one will get him out. Nixy faces the biggest challenge of her career, but she was never prepared to fall head over heels for the guy who got her into this mess in the first place!

 

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The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam, book 2)

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Jennifer Strange thought her troubles were over when she killed the dragon and Big Magic showed up to fix it. But now she and her handful of insane wizards at Kazam are locked in a power-struggle with their rival magic company, iMagic, and preparing for a competition — rebuilding the bridge in the city entirely by magic.

When their most reliable sorcerers begin to be arrested and the Amazing Blix takes over the position of Court Mystician, Jennifer suspects foul play. It will take a Quarkbeast, a mysterious woman named the Once Powerful Boo, a missing ring, the Transient Moose, and Jennifer’s sort-of boyfriend Perkins to fix this mess — and the bridge.

 

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The Last Dragonslayer by Jaspar Fforde

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In the United Kingdom, magic is drying up. Jennifer Strange, her Quarkbeast, and her young assistant Tiger run Kazam, an agency for magicians, while waiting for the Great Zambini to return. Jennifer may be only fifteen, but she’s more than equipped to handle forty-five crotchety old sorcerers. And there’s nothing else she wants to do.

Until one of her soothsayers sees the future and informs her that the Last Dragon will soon be killed by the Last Dragonslayer. Jennifer, horrified, sets out to prove the premonition wrong, but soon realizes that it’s out of her hands. This is Big Magic!

 

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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cassie grew up hearing the legends of her mother Gail who was kidnapped by trolls, but never believed them. When she has a run-in with the Polar Bear King, however, who tells her that he can save her mother, she accepts his condition — she must marry him.

When Bear is taken from her right after Cassie discovers that she is pregnant, she embarks on a quest to save him from the trolls, a quest that will take her east of the sun and west of the moon, a quest that may ultimately cost her her life — and her baby’s.

 

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The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The evil Melkor cursed his enemy Hurin’s children, Turin and Nienor, dooming them to a life of woe and misery. They can try to outrun him, but they will never get away. His most faithful servant, Glauthung the dragon, is ready to track them down. It’s his own personal mission to subject them to as much pain as he possibly can.

This story is a tragic romance by the author of Lord of the Rings, so if you like either of those things, this is the book for you.

 

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