Category Archives: Folk Tales & Legends

The Grimm Conclusion

The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz Grades 4-8 This story continues in the same style as the first two in the series. A string of fairy tales, told in all of their original gruesome glory, are put together with the … Continue reading

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The House of Hades

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan Grades 5 & up Fans of Rick Riordan have been waiting for this book for a year, and House of Hades does not disappoint! It picks up right where Mark of Athena left … Continue reading

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Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Jane Yolen All Ages This is a fantastic mix of Jewish folktales and related recipes. The tales are not new, but these retellings breathe life back into them. The recipes look great, … Continue reading

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Will in Scarlet

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody Grades 4-7 This exciting adventure tells the story of the beginnings Robin Hood & his Merry Men, but not from Robin’s point of view, as it is usually told. Instead we meet young Will … Continue reading

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Poseidon and the Sea of Fury

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury by Joan Holub The second book in the Heroes in Training series (I didn’t read the first) has young Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon on a quest to retrieve the magic trident from Oceanus. These … Continue reading

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The Serpent’s Shadow

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan grades 4 & up I was really hoping that this wasn’t going to be only a trilogy, but if it is then it is a satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles. Sadie and carter … Continue reading

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Starry River of the Sky

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin grades 3-8 Loved this book so much! I couldn’t put it down! It is told in the same style as Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, with folktales woven through the story. … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated

The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated by Gerald Morris grades 2-6 I love these short Knights’ Tales books almost as much as the longer Squires’ tales ones. Gerald Morris is a master at retelling King Arthur stories and this … Continue reading

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin grades 3-6 Another one of this year’s Newbery Honor books, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon tells the story of Minli and her parents, who live a hard-scrabble existence in the … Continue reading

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Melting Stones

Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce grades 5-9 This is the first book in the third Circle of Magic quartet. Originally produced as an audio book, it makes a seamless transition to the printed page. Evvy, a stone mage discovered by … Continue reading

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