Wildings

by Eleanor Glewwe

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Do your kids (and you) love the magic of Harry Potter, InkHeart, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? Do they love fantasy fiction but have run out of books to read? I know my middle grade reader has read just about every fantasy book under the sun. I was happy to pass on Wildings to her after I read it, I know she is going to fall in love with this book. I had not read or heard of the book Sparkers so this was my first introduction to the magical world that Rivka, Arik and other Wildings live in. I will go back and read it this book was so good I didn’t want it to end. I loved that Rivka is a strong girl who doesn’t back down if she feels she is doing what is right! We need more books with good, positive girls. This book deals with the topic of racism within the magical world and Rivka doing everything she can to reunite and change the laws so other wildings can be reunited with their families. Grab a copy for your fellow bookworms and gift it this holiday season. I really hope this story line continues I would love to read more and see where they go from here.

summary: Rivka is one of the magical elite and the daughter of an important ambassador. But she harbors a deep secret: She once had a twin brother, Arik. When Arik failed to develop his own magical abilities, the government declared him a wilding, removed him from his home, placed him with non-magical adoptive parents, and forbade him any contact with his birth family. Now it is as if he never existed at all.

But Rivka refuses to forget her twin brother. Even though she knows she could lose everything—her father, her friends, even her freedom—she sets out to find Arik. She has nothing to go on except her still-new magical powers and her love for her brother. Can that possibly be enough to bring them together again, when all of society believes they belong apart?

Thank you Viking Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read Wildings. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Use Your Words, Sophie

by Rosemary Wells
published Viking Books for Young Readers



When Sophie’s new sister won’t stop crying, only two-year-old Sophie can communicate with her, even if she isn’t using her words as her parents want her to.

How many times have we said that to our kids or students. I’ve lost count over the years when my kids were younger or in the Preschool classroom. Especially when I was in the 2 year old classroom. This book is cut and will delight all ages especially the youngest of listeners. Sophie has some changes going on in her house. She is a big sister now, and has to share her mom and dad with the little baby. Rosemary Wells does a great job at handling this topic of a touch of sibling jealousy. Many know her from the very popular Max and Ruby book and cartoon series. The Sophie book reminds me a lot of Max and Ruby since the layout is very similar. The main focus of each page is the big colorful simple illustrations. The sentences are short sweet and to the point. Use Your Words Sophie is the perfect book to give the big sister or brother as a gift when you come visit the new baby. I know this will be on my baby shower gift list. 

thank you Penguin, and Viking Books for Young Readers for sending me Use Your Words Sophie. I know this will get lots of use in the Preschool classroom! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book!