Sweet & Bitter Magic

english MG & Up fantasy witchcraft LGBTQ+ relationships magic adventure Adrienne Tooley summary This is a great fantasy novel with LGBTQ relationships (normalized throughout the society), and most importantly, the strife experienced doesn’t come from homophobia but from dark magic. Tamsin is an incredibly powerful witch, but was banished for using dark magic to save…

Daniela and the Pirate Girls

Written by: Susanna Isern Illustrated by: Gómez For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Ocean, Friendship, Feminism, Kindness, Adventure, Girls Outdoors, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary:  If you haven’t checked out this book yet, you’re seriously missing out. Daniela is the pirate captain of a ship named the Black Croc, sailing the high seas helping out folx who have gotten themselves in a…

I Dream of a Journey

Written & Illustrated by: Akiko Miyakoshi For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Longing, Adventure, Imagination, Courage.  Summary:  I can’t believe another month has gone by so quickly and we’re celebrating #thefictionfeast already! Since I Dream of a Journey takes place in a hotel, it got me thinking about the breakfast that guests get when they stay.  So I made…

The Girl Who Rode A Shark

Written by: Ailsa Ross Illustrated by: Amy Blackwell For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Historical Figures, Adventure, Global Community, Feminism, Trailblazer.  Summary:  This is a really fascinating and fantastic book that travels both the globe and history.  When going through the pages, readers are treated to a large colorful illustration that compliments a page-long summary…

Brownstone’s Mythical Collection: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton For ages: 5-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Adventure, Girls Outdoors, Family, Strength, Fear, Social-Emotional Growth.   Summary: This is the tale of Marcy, daughter of Arthur from the first Brownstone’s book. Marcy is very afraid of the dark, and also very skeptical that her father ever had a wild life of adventure (after all,…

Arthur and the Golden Rope [Feb 4 2020]

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton  For ages: 5-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Adventure, Mythology, Natural World, Supernatural, Magic. Summary: This is one of the Brownstone’s Mythical Collection books, and we really like the way that it’s set up like a comic book.  Arthur is a young boy with a penchant for strange objects and spends a lot of time in…

The Secret of Black Rock

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Independence, Adventure, Love, Family, Natural World, Conservation, Environmental Activism. Summary: Erin and her mum live in a fishing village, where her mother owns her own fishing boat.  Erin longs to go with her mother while she fishes, because she wants to get closer to…