The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman

The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman has all of the classic elements of a great children’s book: a quest, danger, friendship, and magic. Like all truly great stories, what makes this story special is the fact that within the fantasy and the fiction the characters take on some of life’s most veritable, and universally painful struggles: loss, alienation, fear, and shame. However, Goodman takes this one step further by weaving in just enough factual elements and places to make the story seem not only believable, but real as well.

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FanGirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Like many of Rainbow Rowell’s stories, Fangirl is a coming of age story set in Omaha, Nebraska, involving an awkward girl (or at least a girl who perceives herself as being awkward), a boy, and a series of obstacles between their inevitable relationship. While on the surface, this may sound a little too predictably “girl… Continue reading FanGirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

Just as in the classic version of Beauty in the Beast, this story is about a young woman who is imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle in her father’s stead. However, unlike every other version of this story I have read, in this story Beauty is not beautiful. Instead, she is a tall… Continue reading Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, By Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a timely story that warns against ignorance, the danger of unchecked sorrow, the strength required to walk a path separate from the expected, and above all, the importance of always asking questions. While the author wrote the story with a 5th grade reader in mind, like any truly good children’s book, I think it would be equally enjoyable for adults, even though they may not read the same story between the covers.

The Magicians, By Lev Grossman

If you were the kind of kid that spent your childhood opening every wardrobe you came across hoping to find the entrance to Narnia, or perhaps sat waiting for an owl to arrive on your 11th birthday with your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then The Magicians by Lev Grossman might be for you.