Way back in the year 2001, the first “Harry Potter” film adaptation had just come out. The fourth book had come out a year earlier, and fans wouldn’t get to read the fifth book until 2003. In the midst of this long wait, fans turned to any novels they could find with a spark of magic. One of the book series I turned to was Jenny Nimmo’s “Charlie Bone” books.
Something terrible has happened to the Abbott family, a tragic secret from the recent past that has torn them apart. It’s up to Henry (Henrietta) to figure out what the mysterious interfering Doctor Hardy is planning to do and use her wits to reunite her parents. Lucy Strange’s modern take on a classic children’s literary narrative is reminiscent of “The Little Princess”, “Tom’s Midnight Garden”, and “The Children of Green Knowe”. It explores the powerful influence of imagination in coping with heartbreak, with absentee parents and a trip through the wood at the end of the garden full of songs, stories, poetry, fairy tales, and a witch in a caravan. It’s a magical, lyrical mystery-adventure.
The highly anticipated (by me) final volume of S.E. Grove’s “Mapmakers Trilogy” is finally here! In “The Crimson Skew”, Sophia Tims is just as determined as ever to find her missing parents – but that’s far from her only concern. The corrupt Prime Minister Broadgirdle has authorized an unjust war that just might tear the very fabric of their world apart. And Sophia and her friends are right in the thick of it.
Get ready to feel super with the supremely fun “Not Your Sidekick”, the kick-ass story of high-school-student-turned-supervillain-intern Jess Tran and her crush, Abby Jones. This is the perfect book for people who love “Ms. Marvel”, “Supergirl”, or anyone who has ever taken a “what’s your superpower?” quiz.
The long out-of-print first novel by bestselling author Lev Grossman is newly available again. The slim volume traces a few short days in the life of Hollis Kessler, a directionless 20-something who sleepwalks through his life daydreaming about “Star Trek” and fanciful works of literature.
If you’re an avid follower of MuggleNet’s Potter DIY section, you’ll absolutely love “The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter” by Jamie Harrington. It includes crafts of all types, from décor to beauty to school and more!
Catrina and her family have just moved to a new city, Bahía de la Luna, in the hopes that seaside air will help with her younger sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Catrina is prepared (sort of) for leaving all her friends behind and starting over at a new school, but she isn’t prepared for everyone in Bahía de la Luna to believe in ghosts…or for those ghosts to be real.
Last year’s novel “Welcome to Night Vale” introduced the cult hit podcast to a whole new audience (not to mention giving devoted fans a longer narrative to chew on). Now, two volumes of episode transcripts (along with special new bonus material) have also been released in print. “Mostly Void, Partially Stars” and “The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe” collect episodes from the first and second year of the podcast’s existence.
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 US editions of “Harry Potter”. In “Cleonardo, The Little Inventor”, GrandPré tells the story of Cleonardo “Cleo” Wren, daughter of Geonardo, granddaughter of 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.