Book Review: The Potter’s Boy By Tony Mitton
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The Potter’s Boy
Hardcover | Kindle
By Tony Mitton
Publisher: David Fickling Books | Scholastic Press
Release date: February 26, 2019

Many years ago, 12-year-old Ryo played the role of dutiful son, learning to ply his future trade as a pottery maker like his father. However, when his small village is raided by brigands and a single stranger steps forward and ends the attack, Ryo changes his mind and wants to become a warrior like the stranger.

After obtaining his father’s blessing and waiting for his 13th birthday, Ryo heads out to find the stranger and train as he did so he can protect those who cannot protect themselves. What he encounters are challenges that he never expected, but is more than willing to face.

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Book Spotlight: Dactyl Hill Squad By Daniel Jose Older
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Dactyl Hill Squad
Dactyl Hill Squad Series Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Daniel José Older
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books | Scholastic
Release Date: September 11, 2018

Magdalys Roca, an orphan girl at the Colored Orphans Asylum, dreams of finding her scattered family, especially her brother Montez, fighting on the front lines in the Civil War. The children were on their way to the theater, when they were stopped by Magistrate Riker, who scared them with threats of paperwork, or he would have to take the children in as fugitive slaves. He does allow them to continue on, but soon after, all hell breaks loose, as the Draft Riots begin. The orphanage is burned, some children are abducted, and all hope seems lost. In the midst of it all, Magdalys seems to have a close connection to the dinosaurs – did I mention dinosaurs are ridden like horses? It’s up to her and her Dactyl Hill Squad to save the children and then go find her family.

More below on Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older.

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Book Spotlight: Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather By Cornelia Funke
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The Griffin’s Feather
Dragon Rider Book #2
Hardcover | Kindle
Sequel to Dragon Rider Book 1
Written & illustrated by Cornelia Funke
English translation by Anthea Bell
Publisher: Chicken House | Scholastic
Release Date: July 31, 2018

With the imminent threat of human invasion, the silver dragons must relocate to a safe haven in Cornelia Funke‘s children’s fantasy novel Dragon Rider, originally released in the U.S. in 2004 by Scholastic’s Chicken House. In this first novel in the series, reissued by the publisher this year, one young brave dragon named Firedrake teams up with Ben, a lonely young boy, on a fantastical journey to find a mythical safe haven for the dragons that’s threatened by an evil dragon hunter.

Now, the German author, best known for her best-selling Inkheart series, reunites Firedrake and Ben for a new adventure in The Griffin’s Feather. This time around, the boy and his dragon volunteer for a mission to Norway and beyond to help three orphaned Pegasus foals who need a griffin’s feather to stay alive. Unfortunately, a griffin’s feather is not too easy to come by — and going after one is a dangerous feat.

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Book Expo 2017: Scholastic Press Spotlight
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Book Expo descended on NYC Thursday and Friday, and it was a reader’s dream. The prelude to Book Con (Saturday and Sunday), Book Expo was like having a Jacob Javitz Center sized library organized by publisher, where free books are literally thrown at you. And not only that, many of the books have not been released yet, and the authors are just hanging out ready to talk.

One of the many many publishers was Scholastic which handed out books like candy in “read-topia.” There are many lovely tomes headed our way from this kid-centric press (young adult too!) this fall.

Check them out below.

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Book Review: The Keeper (Vega Jane Book 2) by David Baldacci
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The Keeper (Vega Jane Book 2)
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audible
Written by David Baldacci
Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Cover Price: $17.99

When we last saw Vega Jane in The Finisher, she had left her very “Giver” life in Wormwood, for possible freedom (and death) in the Quag that surrounded it, with her canine Harry 2, and her gorgeous (former stutterer) best friend, Delph. That’s not all she has with her. She still has Destin, the chain that allows her to fly, the Adder Stone that can heal all wounds (cannot regrow limbs or bring back the dead – she tried), and the Elemental, when combined with the glove can change its shape, and seems to be what she needs at the time that she needs it (not fully explored yet). Vega Jane, et al., had just leapt off a cliff to escape the herd of garms and armarocs that had been chasing them – a literal cliffhanger. Now, in The Keeper, David Baldacci continues her story at that exact moment.

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