Princess Anidori is not very comfortable around people - she would much rather be out with her horse, Falada, or talking to the birds that live around the palace. She knows she will never be the queen her mother is, but it still comes as a surprise when her mother names Ani's younger brother as heir instead and sends Ani across the Forest to marry the prince of Bayern. All is well until Ani's maidservant gains the support of the guards and declares herself princess, and Ani is forced to disguise herself as a goose girl until she can expose the imposter. As a goose girl, Ani learns more than she ever had from her tutors in the palace. She makes friends, grows in confidence, develops new powers and even falls in love (this is a fairy tale retelling, after all). But can she find the courage to stand up to the fake princess once and for all?Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
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This King Arthur is not the wonderful, romantic hero you have heard about and loved in movies like Camelot -- he is a mean tyrant not above burning a village down for its treasures or tossing the head of his enemy into a river for dramatic effect.
In Here Lies Arthur by master storyteller , we meet Gwynna, a poor girl from the village that was burnt to the ground. Found in the forest by Myrddin (Merlin), Gwynna becomes his servant and accompanies the wizard as he travels with Arthur's war band as they loot and strong-arm towns and villages in order to gain control of Britain's feuding armies.Categories: Reviews
If there were a prize for best supporting character, it would go to Aaron "Cantwait" of Anna Kurz's first novel, The Mealworm Diaries. Aaron fidgets until he flies off the page fully-formed, a hyperactive, awkward, smart, perceptive, sensitive yet unselfconscious kid.Categories: Reviews
Many proud parents, grandparents, and friends were on hand Tuesday, April 28 at McNally Robinson Polo Park to hear the five winners of thewriting contest read their entries aloud.
Haunted Canada series, started the evening off with an engaging talk about the importance of writers reading their work aloud to everyone and anyone who'll listen!, author of several books in the Categories: Reviews
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Warden of Greyrock by is the third book of the Warlocks of Talverdin series.
In this continuation of the rich, complex fantasy epic, the evil Prince Alberick ruthlessly plots to annihilate the warlocks and the half humans whose lack of pure blood disgusts him. King Dugald, Queen Eleanor and the loyal Maurey, the new Warden of Greylock, must stay one step ahead of him in this medieval, spy-filled world. The dialogue is sharp, even funny, and the plot is action-packed and fascinating. The themes of racism and co-operation will engage all younger teens. This book is a great gift of reading for all parents and grandparents to consider!Categories: Reviews
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