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Adventures Through Awkwardness: February

Welcome back, you guys! Amy and I are blissfully moving forward with our Middle Grade Reading challenge and we hope you'll join us for this month's genre challenge: FANTASY!

Middle Grade is just LOADED with Fantasy, so this should be a really easy one for you. I mean, Harry Potter is king of this genre but there are lots of other options! In case you need a little help...

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen {Summary from Goodreads}

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee {Summary from Goodreads}

A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman {Summary from Goodreads}

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what's what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we're hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book's eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.
OR you could join me and read the Percy Jackson series! I'm currently on book 4 - The Battle of the Labyrinth. I LOVE PERCY JACKSON! 

Happy reading, y'all! And as always, keep it awkward.

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  1. I put up some MG fantasy suggestions on my blog and linked to your post as well.

  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVED Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy AND Coraline! I'm so glad to see them on your list. I haven't read The False Prince yet, but it is on my to-read list.

  3. oh em gee, Percy Jackson! You know, I read the first four books YEARS AGO and then I never finished the series. For shame!

    -- Anastasia @ Here There Be Books

  4. I really, really need to read the last 3 Percy Jackson books and also The False Prince. Ahhh!

    My favorite middle grade fantasy will always be The Aviary though. I love that book something fierce.

    OH and also Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge.

  5. I need to read The False Prince and Ophelia! I think I have them both here. YAY FOR PERCY who I love forever and ever. I was thinking the other night that I wanted to re-read those books because they are just so much fun. And I will love Coraline forever and ever. And ever. This is fun.


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