North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson, a Review

I am reviewing North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson, Book 2 in the Wingfeather Saga (2009). This mid-series book could suffer from middle-of-story sag. But it doesn’t. In fact, it’s an intense read. The three Igiby children, their mother Nia, … [Continue reading]

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, a Review

I'm reviewing On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, by Andrew Peterson, Book One of the Wingfeather Saga (2008) . In this middle-grade book, the three children of the Igiby family are being raised by their mother and their grandfather. They live … [Continue reading]

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner, a review

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner, Book 1 of The Keepers TrilogyPublished 2010 by Delacorte Press, 312 pagesGenre: Secular middle-grade fantasy In Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (2010), Book 1 of a trilogy, Goldie is a protected child. She's … [Continue reading]

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, a review

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (a Newbery Honor winner from 2013) tells a winsome and magical story about a ten-year-old girl and a squirrel. Flora is surrounded by some dysfunctional people, like her parents, who are separated, and a new … [Continue reading]

Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson, a review

Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson, a reviewPublished 2014 by Thomas Nelson, 289 pagesGenre: Middle grade fantasy fiction In Dreamtreaders, a middle-grade story by Wayne Thomas Batson (2014), Archer Keaton, age 14, serves humanity as a … [Continue reading]

Failstate by John W. Otte, a review

Failstate: Legends by John Otte, Book 2 of Failstate seriesPublished 2013 by Marcher Lord Press, 455 pagesGenre: Young adult superhero tale, suitable for middle grade and up Failstate: Legends by John Ottte (2013) looks like a graphic novel, … [Continue reading]

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard, a review

Robert Treskillard concludes his terrific YA Merlin trilogy with this book, Merlin's Nightmare (2014), leaving some threads open for starting a new work focused on Arthur.  I’m really enjoying Treskillard’s re-imagining of Merlin as a … [Continue reading]

Merlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard, a review

I reviewed the first book in the series, Merlin’s Blade. This second book, Merlin's Shadow (2013), like any middle book in a three-book series, leads us through some majors trials for the main characters.  Merlin finds himself fleeing the traitor … [Continue reading]

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard, a review

In Merlin's Blade (2013), the opening book in Robert Treskillard’s Arthurian saga, Merlin begins as a bashful, gawky teenager, son of a blacksmith, nearly blind. Some unknown druids come to his tiny town in post-Roman Britain, bringing with them a … [Continue reading]

Kubo and the Two Strings, a review

I’d heard this anime-style 2016 feature film praised by some in the industry, so I decided to watch it. My takeaway: religious families will want to discuss various elements of the story together. An example: identifying ancestor worship as a … [Continue reading]