By Kate O'Hearn
Aladdin, Valkyrie (Book 1), ISBN-13: 9781481447379
Age: 9 - 13
Middle grade fantasy, Norse Mythology, fantastic heroine, great for reluctant readers. This adventurous series has been in my too-read pile for too long! The best time to start a series--in my opinion--is after all the books are out. Then here isn't that torture of waiting after cliffhangers between each book. My 13-year-old daughter picked this out from my stacks and promptly plowed through the series! Valkyrie is a great series to get hooked on!
From the bestselling author of the Pegasus books, Kate O’Hearn, comes an exciting new series that puts a fresh twist on Norse mythology.
Valkyrie: Norse Goddess. Reaper of Souls. Defender of the Weak. Not someone you want to mess with…
Freya is dreading her upcoming birthday when she’ll officially have to take up her duties as a Valkyrie. She doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her—legends including her mother and sisters. And she certainly doesn’t want anything to do with humans!
Freya thinks humans are cruel, hate-filled creatures, but as she observes their world, she begins to wonder what it would be like to make friends with the girls or laugh with the boys she sees. And what would it be like to live without the fear that she could cause someone’s death with a single touch?
Then when she’s sent on her first mission, she reaps the soul of a fallen soldier with unfinished business…business that sends her on an epic quest to the mortal world. Will Freya find the true meaning of being a human, or will she finally accept her destiny?
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Reviewed by my good friend and colleague, Kathy Taber, with Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis.
“War usually tears families apart and causes heartache, but for Ada, World War II saved her life. Born with a club foot, Ada suffered abuse and ridicule. When she and he bother were sent to the countryside to wait out the war, Ada had to learn to deal with her new life, including how to receive uncondiioal love. Ada’s stoy is a moving and poignant tale of acceptace and how change can be rewarding.
-Kathy Taber, Kids' Ink Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN
Kim Bradley was in my writer’s group in Indy! Go Kim!
Spring & Summer Reading
I can't say enough good things about this series! I've gone through four copies, which I've used as part of gifts and thank you's, for teachers, graduates, birthday, just about any special occasion. I also share with children of all ages when I speak at schools on Find Your Future in Art, letting each student select a card, envelope, and everyone gets one, from elementary through high school, guys and girls! The unique concept makes any recipient feel special--and like coloring!
Valkyrie, The Runaway
By Kate O'Hearn
Aladdin, Jan, 2017
Age Range: 9 - 13 years
Series: Valkyrie (Book 2)
Aladdin HC: Jan. 2017
Aladdin PB, $
The Book That Made Me
By Judith Ridge
Candlewick Press, Mar. 2017, $17.99
Genre: Short Stories, True Stories, Original Stories, Book Lovers, Reading, Children's Authors Telling Stories
*Review* Pencil drawings by Shaun Tan as well as photographs of the authors when they were young are visually engaging...this will likely be a favorite for those wanting a glimpse into the secret world of writers as well as a handy resource for book reports. Candid and inspirational.
The Thousandth Floor
By Katherine McGee
HarperCollins, Aug. 2016
"The luxe lives of Manhattan’s elite are even more extraordinary in Katharine McGee’s futuristic, highly addictive page-turner. The Thousandth Floor will give you vertigo and leave you eager for more.”
-#1 New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl, Cecily von Ziegesar
An unparalleled mash-up of romance, mystery, and science fiction unlike anything I’ve read before. Katharine McGee gives the speculative fiction genre a much-needed make-over with a novel that’s as glamorous as it is fiercely intelligent.”
-Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100
The Coloring Book of Cards & EnvelopesSummertime
By Rebecca Jones
Nosy Crow, 2016, $10.99
Grade Level: Kindergarten-12
Genre: coloring book, cards, envelopes, stickers
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By Kate O'Hearn