The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente is a modern fairy tale written for middle grade readers. It's fully of grand statements and is an interesting story. If you are concerned about witches, dragons, or the use of magic, it's not the series for your family, but I think it's a fun one. I was disappointed myself simply because I didn't find myself wanting to read it but I can't point to anything within the book itself to explain my disinterest. (library copy)
The Great Whale of Kansas by Richard W. Jennings - my review. (library copy)
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery - my review. (purchased copy)
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin - my review. (received through PaperBackSwap.com)
Since it's already nearly September, I'll skip the list of books in progress on this post.
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