And…. just in the nick of time - I’ve finished SSYRA title no. 15 / Summer Reading no. 22. The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis. Nice fantasy about triplets fleeing dukes who want them to sit on a cursed throne. (The triplets aren’t the pushovers they think.)
Summer Reading no. 17: The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat. Beautifully written book. A little darker / more intense than I was expecting in parts (could’ve done without the description of the whalers in the middle), but all in all, a great high seas adventure.
Summer Reading no. 14: Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake. I didn’t love it quite as much as I loved the first in the series, Skunk and Badger, but it is still very charming to spend time with the grumpy Badger and effervescent Skunk. Skunk reminds me more than a little bit of Gonzo from the Muppets. (He really loves chickens.) A little like Frog and Toad, but for early MG readers.
Summer reading no. 8 / SSYRA title no. 7: Strangeville School is Totally Normal by Darcy Miller. This one was like a more intense / darker cousin to the Wayside School Stories. Very funny, but still had a lot of heart. Beware the supply closet!
Summer Reading No. 3: Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It’s published by Disney Hyperion and I definitely could see it as a Disney animated movie. A brave princess who is more comfortable in hiking boots than fancy attire, must save her kingdom while also complying with the terms of a magical pact to save the weaker of the migrating monarchs.
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