It’s not often that we review picture books here on MuggleNet, but of course we weren’t going to pass up the latest release from author and illustrator Mary GrandPré, who also illustrated the original U.S. editions of “Harry Potter”. In “Cleonardo, The Little Inventor”, GrandPré tells the story of Cleonardo “Cleo” Wren, daughter of Geonardo, granddaughter Leonardo, and the latest in a long line of inventors.
As the July/August pick of Emma Watson’s book club, Our Shared Shelf, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” gives you a vivid look at the ’90s riot grrrl scene in Carrie Brownstein’s candid, witty voice.
Twenty-five years ago, planes dropped from the sky and ships ran aground, empty, signaling that Ireland was irretrievably cut off from the rest of the world. The Sídhe, ancient fairy folk, had vowed revenge upon the country that exiled them from their homes thousands of years ago. Their retribution is brutal: every adolescent will at some point be called to the Grey Land, where they’ll have to flee, fight, and hide for survival. For them, the ordeal lasts a little over a day. For their friends anxiously watching back home, it’s all over in three minutes. Almost no one survives.
In the third installment of the “Magisterium” series, Call and his best friends, Tamara and Aaron, are back for another year of magical training. What’s more, they’re being celebrated as heroes for defeating Master Joseph and bringing the Assembly the head of the most evil wizard who’s ever lived. The only thing putting a damper on things is that someone seems to be trying to kill Call (again) and the terrible burden of keeping hidden the fact that he’s Constantine Madden reborn.
It may still be months until Season 4 of “Sherlock” airs, but luckily we don’t have to wait nearly as long for the latest escapades of another of our favorite detectives: R.F. Jackaby. The third installment of the series that has been widely hailed as a compelling combination of both “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock Holmes” has arrived, and it’s just as good (if not better) than the first two books.
The fifth book in Chris Colfer’s magical #1 “New York Times” bestselling “Land of Stories” series takes you on “An Author’s Odyssey”! Fifteen-year-old Conner Bailey must venture into his own short stories to recruit help saving the fairy tale world and all who live there. With the aid of his twin sister, Alex, he encounters pirates, cyborgs, superheroes, and more. However, it’s a race against time, as the Masked Man and other dark forces are moving to destroy everyone and everything in the fairy tale world, and the villains have no qualms turning on each other to claim power. “An Author’s Odyssey” is a tour de force of the imagination, with a wonderful message about writing and the power of creativity, in a series that is perfect for fans of tales with a twist.
The life of college junior Megan revolves around soccer, but her dreams of becoming a professional are threatened when her mother secretly registers her to be a Bluebonnet debutante – the most elite debut for young ladies in all of Texas. To avoid causing family strife, she attempts to conform to Bluebonnet’s exacting standards while finishing her soccer season. Being a part of both isn’t easy, especially when you throw in some catty colleagues and two very handsome boys.
When 82-year-old Evie Snow dies peacefully in her sleep, she finds herself back at her former apartment building in her younger years and unable to reach her personal heaven. Upon discovering that her soul is too heavy to move on to the afterlife, Evie realizes she must unburden the secrets of her past life that have weighed her down for over 50 years.
Tara Krishnan’s junior year of high school isn’t off to a great start: her best friend is spending the year studying abroad, meaning that Tara will be left alone to navigate the clique-filled halls of Brierly, where she’s never quite felt she fit in with her wealthy, mostly white classmates. To make things more interesting, NASA has just intercepted a message from outer space confirming that there’s life on other planets. In fact, the world soon realizes that Terra Nova, as it’s called, may be almost exactly like Earth – even down to the people that inhabit it.
Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives – they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…