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Book Review: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Last month I read popular author Victoria Schwab’s debut novel, The Near Witch. With beautiful prose and a haunting atmosphere, it reads like a dark fairytale! Here’s what I thought of it — and who I’d recommend it for. 🙂

The best YA fantasy for newbies

Sometimes there’s nothing like a good escape. And that’s exactly what fantasy literature does best — it draws us out of our everyday worlds into lands filled with magic. And sometimes dragons. If you’re just getting started with YA fantasy, here are a few books to get you started!

The Golden Compass: Why was it banned?

This month we’re reading The Golden Compass, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s YA fantasy series His Dark Materials. But there was a time when the book sparked some controversy for promoting atheism.

Exploring symbolism in The Golden Compass

Let’s explore symbolism in Philip Pullman’s novel The Golden Compass, using the alethiometer as an example! The golden compass is a symbol-reader, making it a perfect tool for teaching about symbolism in literature.

5 fantastic YA fantasy books to read as a family

The next time you’re looking for a good book as a parent, don’t skip the YA aisle! Once your child is a tween or teen, they’re old enough for you to enjoy some of the same books. Share a reading experience as a family with these YA fantasy picks.

7 things I learned from Harry Potter

Whether you read Harry Potter as a kid or an adult, it’s full of lessons that can last a lifetime. Here are just a few of the things these magical books have taught me.

Sabriel: A dark YA fantasy with uncommon magic

Sometimes the stories that immerse us most are the ones full of dangerous magic in dark worlds. Garth Nix’s novel Sabriel is exactly that: a dark adventure that whisks a teenage girl into the world of the dead.

Identity and the power of understanding in Binti

Everywhere we go, we bring our identities with us. In Nnedi Okorafor’s novella Binti, the leading character brings her identity with her in a very unique way — by the red clay she paints onto her skin — as she leaves her tribe and travels into space.

Welcome to Reading is Magic!

Ever since my 4th grade teacher read The Hobbit to us, I’ve loved fantasy and science fiction. That book led me down the rabbit hole of reading, and now I’m excited to share that passion through Reading is Magic.

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