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MISSION MULTIVERSE

A smart romp that sets the stage for worlds of future adventures.

To save their world—and countless others—humans will have to be much better.

Delegates of the Multiverse Allied Council are at a loss for what to do with Earth, a Dimension14 planet in such dire condition that its inevitable collapse will likely affect other dimensions. A diverse group of seventh graders from Conroy Middle School are the answer, whether they know it yet or not. On a class trip to the NASA research center where new kid Dev Khatri’s dad works, Dev and his marching band friends, Maeve Greene, Lewis Wynner, Isaiah Yoon, and Tessa Hawthorne-Scott (convincingly imitating her twin sister on a dare), find themselves detoured by a quiver, the sort of seismic incident that has become a new normal on an unrecognizably polluted Earth. An impromptu jam session and malfunctioning tech transport the five tweens to Station Liminus, the Council’s headquarters. The apparent demise of Dim8 taught the Council a difficult lesson about intervening in planetary issues when greed threatens the whole multiverse, and Earth isn’t the first planet to suffer malevolent rulers and general ineptitude. But Earth music—in the right young hands—might prove singularly valuable. The politics of interdimensional diplomacy are mostly lost on the five, but with Caprara’s brisk storytelling and smooth juggling of out-of-this-world characters and settings, the situation’s high stakes are easy to grasp, and readers will anticipate how things unfold in the next entry.

A smart romp that sets the stage for worlds of future adventures. (Science fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: May 11, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4823-3

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: March 12, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2021

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THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick.

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An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow.

Every year Elders of the Protectorate leave a baby in the forest, warning everyone an evil Witch demands this sacrifice. In reality, every year, a kind witch named Xan rescues the babies and find families for them. One year Xan saves a baby girl with a crescent birthmark who accidentally feeds on moonlight and becomes “enmagicked.” Magic babies can be tricky, so Xan adopts little Luna herself and lovingly raises her, with help from an ancient swamp monster and a chatty, wee dragon. Luna’s magical powers emerge as her 13th birthday approaches. Meanwhile, Luna’s deranged real mother enters the forest to find her daughter. Simultaneously, a young carpenter from the Protectorate enters the forest to kill the Witch and end the sacrifices. Xan also enters the forest to rescue the next sacrificed child, and Luna, the monster, and the dragon enter the forest to protect Xan. In the dramatic denouement, a volcano erupts, the real villain attempts to destroy all, and love prevails. Replete with traditional motifs, this nontraditional fairy tale boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces. Luna has black eyes, curly, black hair, and “amber” skin.

Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-61620-567-6

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Algonquin

Review Posted Online: May 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER

From the Legendary Alston Boys series , Vol. 1

This can’t be the last we ever hear of the Legendary Alston Boys of the purely surreal Logan County—imaginative,...

Can this really be the first time readers meet the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County? Cousins and veteran sleuths Otto and Sheed Alston show us that we are the ones who are late to their greatness.

These two black boys are coming to terms with the end of their brave, heroic summer at Grandma’s, with a return to school just right around the corner. They’ve already got two keys to the city, but the rival Epic Ellisons—twin sisters Wiki and Leen—are steadily gaining celebrity across Logan County, Virginia, and have in hand their third key to the city. No way summer can end like this! These young people are powerful, courageous, experienced adventurers molded through their heroic commitment to discipline and deduction. They’ve got their shared, lifesaving maneuvers committed to memory (printed in a helpful appendix) and ready to save any day. Save the day they must, as a mysterious, bendy gentleman and an oversized, clingy platypus have been unleashed on the city of Fry, and all the residents and their belongings seem to be frozen in time and place. Will they be able to solve this one? With total mastery, Giles creates in Logan County an exuberant vortex of weirdness, where the commonplace sits cheek by jowl with the utterly fantastic, and populates it with memorable characters who more than live up to their setting.

This can’t be the last we ever hear of the Legendary Alston Boys of the purely surreal Logan County—imaginative, thrill-seeking readers, this is a series to look out for. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-46083-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Versify/HMH

Review Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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