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Mini Reviews: Kids Save the Day

Wizard for Hire
Wizard for Hire, Book 1
By Obert Skye

A wizard can go weeks without water, but only days without books.

Wizard for Hire was a delight to read! I was really impressed and entertained by this story full of mystery, heart, and humor. It can be read as a standalone book, but I’m happy that there is a series to look forward to—I want more Ozzy, Clark (the independently thinking and talking metal raven), and the one and only Rin (wizard of Quarfelt)!

You look at me and see a wizard. I look at everything and see magic.


The Son of Neptune
The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2

By Rick Riordan

A great sequel and setup for what’s to come. I can’t wait to start the next book and I’m looking forward to seeing Annabeth again!!

“Come on,” he said “Let me introduce you to my other family.”

⋙ Cue Thin Lizzy’s ♫ The boys are back in town ♫ because I’m pumped!

Some shenanigans while I sing and dance…

Maybe there had been a mix-up. Wasn’t there some sort of DNA test for gods’ kids?

“Oh, I’m strictly nonviolent,” Iris said. “I can act in self-defense, but I won’t be drawn into anymore Olympian aggression, thank you very much. I’ve been reading about Buddhism. And Taoism. I haven’t decided between them.”

He pointed to the giant. “You. Me. To the finish.”

…oh and anything that Ella said, or did, especially relating to her love of 📚✨


My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1
By Emil Ferris

Wow… What an experience. What a monster of a graphic novel. I was immediately captivated and I cannot wait for the Vol. 2 conclusion.

I love Karen with every fiber of my being. She is youthful, curious, and imaginative, while being strong-willed and appropriately insightful. Finally, an author who doesn’t patronize how much a child actually understands, expecially when adults don’t want them to.

…THIS IS JUST ANOTHER REASON WHY BEING A HUMAN GIRL STINKS COMPARED TO BEING A MONSTER. WHEN I’M A MONSTER I WON’T HAVE TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT. NO, I’LL OPEN MY MOUTH AND USE MY ROWS OF LONG SHARP TEETH TO RIP UP GUYS LIKE JERRY.

The story is complex and the characters have depth. It’s much, much more than I was expecting. Highly recommend, particularly if you like a good mystery, some monsters, and art!


Aru Shah and the End of Time
By Roshani Chokshi

Trust Rick Riordan when he recommends a new series!!

Hindu mythology? Middle-grade heroines?! A quest to save the universe from a demon and the End of Time?!! Sign me up!!

I loved this first book of the Pandava Quartet! It was so much fun and full of adventure. Honestly, I was a bit worried going into it that it was going to be a cookie-cutter imitation of Percy Jackson, but I was pleasantly surprised by the originality. It took a little to get into it because of my skepticism, but as the story progressed the pages were dripping with magic!

Aru and Mini are awesome together and the perfect complement for each other. Aru has a fantastic imagination and Mini is smart as a whip! They are both completely relateable and I was cheering them on the whole time. *Elbow bump!*

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series. This has piqued my interest in Hindu mythology and the Mahabharata, so I hope there is a kid-friendly guide on that soon?!


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By Kelly Barnhill

I adore this book and the story has really resonated with me. My favorite character is definitely Fyrian, the perfectly tiny dragon! (Can I keep him in my pocket please?!!) The book is a joy to read as it is beautifully written with lyrical prose. All of the characters were well developed and I love the message. It is certainly a Children’s book, but one that adults can enjoy just as much or more. Highly recommend!

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