Fantasy and Reality Collide in ‘The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons’ [REVIEW]

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

A boy’s father dies in a freak accident. Or did he? When Ian learns the truth about his dad’s demise, he is forced to confront the unexpected truth in Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. (Illustration by Sam Shearon)

Having tutored fifth grade students in the past, I am always on the lookout for stories which will captivate the imaginations of young readers. When Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons crossed my desk, I knew this would be a great title to add to my arsenal of middle grade fiction as soon as I started to read it.  Read more of this post

Gregory Maguire’s ‘Hiddensee’ Is A Grown Up Fairytale [REVIEW]

Nutcracker

Discover the tale of the once and future Nutcracker in Gregory Maguire’s Hiddensee. (Photo by Garen Meguerian, Flickr)

Most all of us grew up with fairy tales. But let’s be honest, these days we’re used to the homogenized Disney versions rather than the darker folk tales penned by the Brothers Grimm or even E. T. A. Hoffmann. Now with Hiddensee, New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire takes us back to the ominous Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich to show us just how the world-famous Nutcracker originated.
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Marie Lu’s ‘The Rose Society’ Is A Modern Day Parable [REVIEW]

After losing everything, Adelina Amouteru seeks revenge in Marie Lu's THE ROSE SOCIETY.

After losing everything, Adelina Amouteru seeks revenge in Marie Lu’s THE ROSE SOCIETY.
(Photo by Boudewijn Berends, Flickr)

Marie Lu returns with The Rose Society, a breathtaking thriller that is both chilling and compulsively readable. It is guaranteed to leave young adult readers begging for more. Read more of this post