The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

the-bone-witchSourcebooks Fire, 2017.

Do you know that crushing feeling when you read the first book in a new series and reach the end and you realize that the second book isn’t even published yet, and that you’re going to have to wait? Yeah, that. And let me tell you it’s multiplied when the book you just read is an advance reader copy and that book isn’t even available for three months! On the other hand, you’ve got at least one more book coming to look forward to. That’s what I’ve been telling myself since I finished reading The Bone Witch in December – each month brings me closer to another book about Tea and her life.

In her grief at his death, twelve-year-old Tea actually raises her brother from the grave, surprising and frightening her family. After the unintended feat comes grave illness for Tea until a bone witch, or necromancer, who will be Tea’s mentor, appears to heal her. Soon Tea, her brother, and Lady Mykaela set out from Tea’s village where bone witches are feared and persecuted and travel to the city of Ankyo, the capital of Kion where Asha, including the rare bone witches, are trained.

Told in chapters that alternate between a grown and outcast Tea and the story of her apprenticeship, The Bone Witch is a captivating tale. Though I first felt somewhat disoriented by the dual perspectives in the novel, once I had a handle on the complicated world, I just sunk into the story. I so look forward to reading the upcoming books in the series!

This would make a great classroom book to book talk or begin reading with the class and then allow the kids to read on their own. A great book for fans of Abhorsen by Garth Nix or the Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin. Add this one to your To Read list!


Want to Read Wednesday

I review a fair number of books, aiming for one middle grade or young adult book review a week. I also read reviews others write and keep my Goodreads Want to Read list well populated. I’m always interested in the books that are getting some buzz, even if I don’t have the time to read them just yet, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of the books that make it onto my Want to Read list each week.

Here’s my list for this past week:


Five Elements: The Emerald Tablet by Dan Jolley

Magic is good. I’d love to read a new middle grade book that portrays elemental magic well. Plus, a great new series is reading for today and for the future, too.

The tip off came from: Ugh, I’ve lost track of this one…will update if I find it.



Grudging: Birth of Saints Book One by Michelle Hauck

This is an adult historical fantasy. Witches, chivalry, medieval world… might certainly appeal to young adult readers and it’s another series.

The tip off came from: A writing contest on Michelle’s page:


one-for-sorrow One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

A ghost story set during the influenza epidemic of 1918. My grandfather nearly died in boot camp of the Spanish influenza and his condition after left him ineligeable to serve in the military, so I’m curious. Plus ghosts!

The tip off came from:



Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The review got me on this one: reluctant reader eating it up, important and complex moral questions, compelling main characters. Young Adult. Plus, series!

The tip-off came from: The Winged Pen Blog


march-against-fearThe March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

Important from a historical perspective and relevant to today. Definitely looking forward to cracking this one open and deepening my understanding of the relationship between the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power movement. Young Adult.

The tip-off came from: Teen Librarian Toolbox

Which books caught your attention this week? Leave a comment below.

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