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RISE OF THE WORLD EATER

From the Frostheart series , Vol. 3

Utterly astounding.

With the Devourer unleashed upon the world, Ash and the Frostheart crew voyage to lands unknown to halt the malevolent creature’s destruction.

As Cmdr. Stormbreaker leads the Pathfinders into fruitless war, the villainous Shaard, leader of the Wraiths, manages to free the Devourer, the corrupted Leviathan that steals the essence of everything around it. The Devourer quickly begins its rampage, leaving ruin and death in its wake as it makes its way to Aurora, the greatest Stronghold in the Snow Sea. Stormbreaker’s immense hatred for Leviathans fractures any hope of an alliance despite Ash’s protests, further stalling a much-needed reconciliation with her son. When Stormbreaker attempts to seize control of the Frostheart, Ash and the crew flee toward the Sacred Yeti Lands, where an Ancient Leviathan heart—a powerful last hope to defeat the Devourer—is rumored to be. Yet within the Yeti Lands await many truths about Ash’s faithful yeti guardian, Tobu, as well as revelations about the World Before, forever altering the path that stretches before the young Song Weaver. Tightly paced and skillfully woven, Littler’s conclusion to the Frostheart trilogy offers readers another memorable adventure from the first page, delving deeper into the rich lore of this fantastical world with great results. Above all, the continued emphasis on friendship, community, and love reverberates, bolstered by its charismatic cast of characters. The author’s lively artwork, meanwhile, remains a lovely visual companion to the text.

Utterly astounding. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 23, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-451-48140-5

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2021

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often...

A successful juvenile by the beloved New Yorker writer portrays a farm episode with an imaginative twist that makes a poignant, humorous story of a pig, a spider and a little girl.

Young Fern Arable pleads for the life of runt piglet Wilbur and gets her father to sell him to a neighbor, Mr. Zuckerman. Daily, Fern visits the Zuckermans to sit and muse with Wilbur and with the clever pen spider Charlotte, who befriends him when he is lonely and downcast. At the news of Wilbur's forthcoming slaughter, campaigning Charlotte, to the astonishment of people for miles around, spins words in her web. "Some Pig" comes first. Then "Terrific"—then "Radiant". The last word, when Wilbur is about to win a show prize and Charlotte is about to die from building her egg sac, is "Humble". And as the wonderful Charlotte does die, the sadness is tempered by the promise of more spiders next spring.

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often informative as amusing, and the whole tenor of appealing wit and pathos will make fine entertainment for reading aloud, too.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1952

ISBN: 978-0-06-026385-0

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1952

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GHOSTS

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and...

Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family’s move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast.

Dad has a new job, but it’s little sister Maya’s lungs that motivate the move: she has had cystic fibrosis since birth—a degenerative breathing condition. Despite her health, Maya loves adventure, even if her lungs suffer for it and even when Cat must follow to keep her safe. When Carlos, a tall, brown, and handsome teen Ghost Tour guide introduces the sisters to the Bahía ghosts—most of whom were Spanish-speaking Mexicans when alive—they fascinate Maya and she them, but the terrified Cat wants only to get herself and Maya back to safety. When the ghost adventure leads to Maya’s hospitalization, Cat blames both herself and Carlos, which makes seeing him at school difficult. As Cat awakens to the meaning of Halloween and Day of the Dead in this strange new home, she comes to understand the importance of the ghosts both to herself and to Maya. Telgemeier neatly balances enough issues that a lesser artist would split them into separate stories and delivers as much delight textually as visually. The backmatter includes snippets from Telgemeier’s sketchbook and a photo of her in Día makeup.

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-54061-2

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 1, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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