When Claire Martinson follows her older sister Sophie up a ladder in the fireplace of her aunt's house she has no idea that she will be entering another world. After being chased by a shadow creature, Claire makes Sophie promise to never go up the ladder again. When Sophie breaks that promise it is up to Claire to save her. I loved this new middle grade fantasy, which will hit the shelves in February 2018. I was lucky to get my hands on a copy at Book Expo America and can't wait to share it with my students in the fall.
If a tree could talk, what stories would it tell? In this new book by Katherine Applegate, we get a chance to find out. This particular tree is a wishtree and the wish it will grant is one of friendship and hope. This book is exactly what we need to share with children in this challenging time. It releases in September.
I enjoyed reading this latest addition to the Queen's Thief series. I would have liked it even better if more of the original characters had made an appearance, but it was nice to revisit the ones that did.