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  • I feel late to the gushing party for the Incorrigible Children series and Natalie Lloyd’s beautiful contemporary fantasies, but they’re all delightful and brought me a fizzy kind of joy this summer.
  • My reading of Linda Williams Jackson’s Midnight Without a Moon and A Sky Full of Stars happened to coincide with the anniversary of Emmett Till’s murder, and it broke my heart. These beautiful, powerful books should be required reading for children and adults.
  • Charmed Children of Rookshill Castle is the best example of Gothic fiction for children I’ve ever read. Deliciously spooky and creepy and dark in the best possible way. Not for the faint of heart (but also reminded me of CS Lewis?).
  • Gertie’s Leap to Greatness takes the award for most times I LOL’d this summer. Gertie’s irrepressible spirit is infectious and charming.
  • While Jolly Foul Play didn’t quite surpass my love for Murder First Class, it filled my need for British children solving murders at boarding school and left me bemoaning how behind the US versions of this series are. My life needs more bun breaks.
  • Mark of the Plague is the sequel to The Blackthorn Key. Though I was a little disappointed there weren’t as many puzzles and ciphers, the concluding twists were very clever. (This series gets a big nod of approval from my 15yo brother who doesn’t care for most YA series yet.)
  • Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo was one of my fellow Pitch Warriors, and her debut, Ruby in the Sky, has the feel of a classic. Keep the tissues handy for this one.
  • Heidi Lang’s Rules of the Ruff is a funny and endearing dog-walking-escapades book that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear (and hunting for a dog to snuggle).   Bonus points for my favorite cover of the year!

The Law of Finders Keepers comes out September 11th, and I believe it will be the last in the series. While I’m not sure my heart is ready to accept the end, I’m looking forward to one more crying-laughing adventure with Mo & Dale.

What new releases are you looking forward to this fall?

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