What on Earth is Fiction Favorites? you may be asking yourself currently.
Well, I’d be delighted to inform you. Fiction Favorites is where I get to write about my favorite fiction series, novels, or authors. Some are for elementary school kids, some are middle-school level, and a select few are Young Adult (YA). However, since IRB is technically for new books, I don’t get to talk about these as much as I would like. So, in no particular order, and with no particular timing, here we go!
- The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. (4th-6th grade)
- The first of a trilogy, The Mysterious Benedict Society follows the story four orphans, (Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance), as they try to defeat an evil inventor, Ledroptha Curtain. This book is difficult to describe; its glory lies in its unique characters and their talents. Also, it tosses gender roles right out the window, which is usually a good thing in my book. (Pun most definitely intended.)
- The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente (2nd-4th grade)
- Also the first of a trilogy, though decidedly the best of the three. September Morning Bell is an average girl, Mostly Heartless, who lives in Omaha. One day the Green Wind appears outside her window and whisks her off to Fairyland. Just like that, she is on her own in a world populated by kindly wyverns, malicious shadows, and autonomous bicycles, where nothing is as it seems. Everything about this book is delightful: the characters, the richly constructed world, the sly voice of the narrator, and the twisty, well-woven plot.
- Silksinger, Laini Taylor (5th-7th grade)
- This book is actually a sequel to the novel Blackbringer, which I have never read. Silksinger was gifted to me as a stand-alone novel and I think it can be read as such. Ms. Taylor promises a conclusion to the series, but as of now it does not appear to be imminent. The story follows Whisper Silksinger, the last of a clan famous for weaving beautiful flying carpets with their voices, as she struggles to find Magpie Windwitch. In her possession, she has a slumbering Djinn, the Azazel. Once restored to his former power, he and the other Djinn will remake the world. The characters in this book, though sweet and funny, are not the highlight; the true value comes from the sparkling, wonderful world that they act and live in.
I couldn’t find a good picture of the Silksinger cover art.