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Six Crimson Cranes By Elizabeth Lim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300916
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 6th, 2021

East-Asian folklore meets the Grimms' "The Six Swans" in this gorgeous reimagining set in the world of Spin the Dawn.

Exiled and enchanted for magic she can't help but possess, Princess Shiori must find a way to save her brothers and her kingdom - all with the help of a shapeshifting dragon and the boy she was once supposed to marry.

Vivid and rich, Lim expertly weaves together familiar tales and folklore in such new and exciting ways, allowing for mystery and discovery in the stories we thought we knew so well.

Review by Sarah B.

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Folklorn By Angela Mi Young Hur Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645660163
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Published: Erewhon - April 27th, 2021

A Korean-American physicist goes as far as a research facility in Antarctica to escape the reach of her family and the mental illness that has been passed down through the generations. But when a literal ghost of her past appears in the snow, its beckoning from beyond pushes her to return home to a catatonic mother who left behind scribblings and carvings of their inherited folklore. Is it the ramblings of a troubled woman, or the secret revelations of a lost sister left behind in Korea?

Review by Sarah C.

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Woven in Moonlight By Isabel Ibañez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781624148019
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

This is one of the best YA fantasy novels I ever read! It's got political intrigue, magic, romance and Bolivian folklore which makes this novel stand out from others. Fast paced and gorgeously written. Look out for the sequel too!!

Review by Rosa

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The Daughters of Ys By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator) Cover Image
By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626728783
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Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

I once heard a tall tale about M. T. Anderson that I like to repeat. While he was writing Feed, his futuristic Young Adult novel in which the English language has evolved to the point of near unrecognizability, he read nothing but teen magazines. While writing the Octavian Nothing duology, set just before and during the Revolutionary war, he consumed no media that was created after 1800. If these incredible stories are true, I wonder how he conjured this incredibly deftly written graphic novel. Did he enslave a sea serpent? Fall in love with one of the Fae? Or did he just find a fairy tale that hit a vein of deep humanity, because Anderson tapped in on this one. 

Review by Kitri

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

Delightful! If you need a STARLESS SEA read-alike, you'll find this historical novel as bookish and magical but more approachable.

Intimate narrative and a story within a story device work together elegantly to unfurl the tale of January Scaller and her missing father, their wealthy benefactor, and a mysterious door in Mississippi that opens into another world. TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY has all the elements of a precocious, coming of age story within a low fantasy world. There's adventure, secret societies with nefarious plans, a big best friend pooch called Bad, and places drawn from the wildest reaches of imagination. 

Review by Danielle