Magical Realism

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THE OKAY WITCH by Emma Steinkellner

The Okay Witch was a light, easy, enjoyable read. The main character is 13-year-old Moth Hush. She and her mom live in Founder’s Bluff, Massachussetts. Moth has always felt out of place among her peers, she doesn’t have any friends and a lot of the other kids bully her on a regular basis. Early in … Continue reading

THE THIRD MUSHROOM by Jennifer L. Holm

The Third Mushroom is a sequel to Holm’s delightful The Fourteenth Goldfish. All the characters from the first book are back: we have 14-year-old Ellie, her best friend, Raj, Ellie’s parents, and Ellie’s grandfather, Melvin–a world-renowned scientist now living in the body of a 14-year-old boy (thanks to the events in The Fourteenth Goldfish). Technically … Continue reading


All the Impossible Things was a 4/5 star read for me. I am slightly conflicted in my overall opinion because I feel like it could easily have been a 5-star book and I find that fact bothersome when I look at the story as a whole. THE STORY: 11-year-old Ruby (Red) Byrd has been in … Continue reading

THE LIGHT JAR by Lisa Thompson

When we first meet Nate and his mom at the beginning of The Light Jar they are in a car in the middle of the night running away. We quickly realize they are running from Gary, his mother’s live-in boyfriend who is away on a business trip. They arrive at a rundown cottage his mother … Continue reading

YOU’RE A BAD MAN, MR. GUM by Andy Stanton

This book is awful.  It was 1/5 star read for me.  I gave it 1 star (instead of 0) because there are moments of potential within the story where I can see what it could have been. I’ve also classified You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum as “humor” because that is its purported intent. I was initially … Continue reading