I haven't done one of these in a while, so let me slowly ease back into it!
Books to watch is a feature where I share with you two or more books I've read recently that absolutely need a spot on your reading list! See, I don't post all my reviews on this blog. Many sit over at BookLikes, just waiting for the right reader to discover their new favorite book. It's my hope that doing this feature will add some amazing new books to your radar!
So, are you ready for some book candy? Let's go!
My first pick definitely goes to The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill.
When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.
Meanwhile, across the enchanted forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King, who is haunted by her mother’s last wordsto her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” When Áine’s and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to stop the war that’s about to boil over between their two kingdoms?
Why you should read this:
It's a wonderful story, plain and simple. Full of adventure, and lessons that young readers will take to heart. There are both a male and female protagonist. Plus they are the type of characters who are so easy to understand that you'll become immersed before you know it.
Want more raving? Check out my review.
Nest by Esther Ehrlich definitely takes the second spot!
For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.
Why you should read this:
Chirp is an irresistibly sweet character. I see readers of all ages falling for her, and probably being reminded a bit of themselves at her age. This story is the perfect mixture of sad, hopeful, and honest. If you're a fan of books that make you a bit teary-eyed, this one needs a spot on your reading list.
Looking for more? Check out my review.