The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher HealyThe Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy
(pub. 4/13)

This is a charming, clever, and utterly wonderful interpretation of fairy tales. Taking the four “Prince Charming”s from Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, this book shows the frustration these four feel at only being remembered as Prince Charming. After all they have names! (Frederick, Duncan, Liam, and Gustav, respectively, in case you were wondering.) This book is easy to adore, and even easier to laugh with (because, to be honest, these princes aren’t very good at what they do). The League of Princes is the best kind of league–unintentionally funny and still just as charming as their nicknames claim them to be.

This book is outstanding. But the character of Duncan (Snow White’s prince) is the best of all. Read it for him and Snow White, if nothing else.

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Rachel – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale

9781416965190The Light: Morpheus Road Book 1
by D.J. MacHale

This book is wonderfully creepy. In the very beginning of the book Marsh Seaver starts hearing and seeing small things that are just not right. The faucet drips, the lights go out and words appear in odd places. This subtle haunting is really scary. From there Marsh begins to be really haunted by his own comic creation, Gravedigger. When his best friend Cooper goes missing, he must team up with Cooper’s sister Sydney. Together they must find Cooper and try not to get killed by Gravedigger. I can’t wait for the next one.

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Sally – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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On Little Wings

9780670786060On Little Wings
by Regina Sirois

Family secrets and heartache are at the center of this beautiful story.  But what makes this story fly “On Little Wings” is the memorable characters, the love of words and literature and the persistence of a teenage girl bound to heal the pain and longing of the family and friends around her. This is a read you hate to turn the last page but one that will stay with you for a good long while!

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Becky – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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Hidden Summer

Hidden Summer
by Gin Phillips

This story is an absolute gem that captured me from page 1.  Hidden Summer is a beautiful story about the friendship of two girls who don’t think that they will be able to survive the summer without each other and concoct the craziest idea in order to spend time together.  What they discover though is that each is more independent and stronger then they gave themselves credit for.  But as they grow and mature, will their friendship survive?  This is Gin Phillips first children’s novel and I cannot wait for her to write more.

Recommended by:
Kathleen – Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
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