Thankfully, these young witches will return.


From the Demon Notebook series , Vol. 2

Can five young witches trained only in the theory of their craft fend off the magical attacks of the Mirrorman?

After besting a demon in their previous adventure (The Demon Notebook, 2014), Grace and her Irish schoolgirl friends trained all summer with the local cat lady, Mrs. Quinlan, and their French teacher, Ms. Lemon, but the classes were just boring memorization; there was no spellcasting. Then, on a trip to Mr. Pamuk’s magic shop, Grace glimpses a terrifying specter in a mirror. As the new school year begins, a new teacher, Ms. Gold, turns out to be the long-estranged third member of Mrs. Quinlan and Ms. Lemon’s girlhood coven from the 1970s—and Ms. Gold has far different ideas of what the young witches need to know. Grace and her friends are curious about what broke up the friendship and the coven of their teachers, so a little time spell might offer answers…but it only makes matters and Grace’s nightmares of the Mirrorman worse. Is he real? And can the girls’ friendship survive rivalries, possible demon invasions and boy trouble? McGann’s sophomore spell-filled saga suffers from too much exposition and an excess chapter or two. It is redeemed, however, by a whizz-bang finish and the same sympathetic, realistic characters readers got to know in the first.

Thankfully, these young witches will return. (Urban fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4926-0296-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Review Posted Online: Aug. 6, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2014

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The inevitable go-to for Percy’s legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories.


Percy Jackson takes a break from adventuring to serve up the Greek gods like flapjacks at a church breakfast.

Percy is on form as he debriefs readers concerning Chaos, Gaea, Ouranos and Pontus, Dionysus, Ariadne and Persephone, all in his dude’s patter: “He’d forgotten how beautiful Gaea could be when she wasn’t all yelling up in his face.” Here they are, all 12 Olympians, plus many various offspring and associates: the gold standard of dysfunctional families, whom Percy plays like a lute, sometimes lyrically, sometimes with a more sardonic air. Percy’s gift, which is no great secret, is to breathe new life into the gods. Closest attention is paid to the Olympians, but Riordan has a sure touch when it comes to fitting much into a small space—as does Rocco’s artwork, which smokes and writhes on the page as if hit by lightning—so readers will also meet Makaria, “goddess of blessed peaceful deaths,” and the Theban Teiresias, who accidentally sees Athena bathing. She blinds him but also gives him the ability to understand the language of birds. The atmosphere crackles and then dissolves, again and again: “He could even send the Furies after living people if they committed a truly horrific crime—like killing a family member, desecrating a temple, or singing Journey songs on karaoke night.”

The inevitable go-to for Percy’s legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-8364-8

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2014

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From the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries series

In this series debut, Maggie Sinclair tracks down a dognapper and solves a mystery about the noises in the walls of her Brooklyn brownstone apartment building. The 12-year-old heroine, who shares a middle name—Brooklyn—with her twin brother, Finn, is juggling two dogwalking jobs she’s keeping secret from her parents, and somehow she attracts the ire of the dogs’ former walker. Maggie tells her story in the first person—she’s self-possessed and likable, even when her clueless brother invites her ex–best friend, now something of an enemy, to their shared 12th birthday party. Maggie’s attention to details helps her to figure out why dogs seem to be disappearing and why there seem to be mice in the walls of her building, though astute readers will pick up on the solution to at least one mystery before Maggie solves it. There’s a brief nod to Nancy Drew, but the real tensions in this contemporary preteen story are more about friendship and boy crushes than skullduggery. Still, the setting is appealing, and Maggie is a smart and competent heroine whose personal life is just as interesting as—if not more than—her detective work. (Mystery. 10-13)



Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2010

ISBN: 967-1-59990-525-9

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: Sept. 15, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2010

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