A Return to Fantasy in Kid’s Books

Today I have a return to fantasy in kid’s books.  There have been so many stories out this year which are realistic fiction, I was starting to think that publishers had given up on new fantasy offerings.  Well, welcome to Nevermoor, a book that will appeal to fans of Harry Potter with its elements of magic, a contest to weed out the bold and brave and a villain trying to recruit our main character.

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Title: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crowa return to fantasy in kid's books Nevermoor

Author: Jessica Townsend

Target: Grade 4-7

Series: This is the first book in the beginning of a new series

What this book is about:

Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, who is blamed for all the misfortunes in her local town. Cursed children die at midnight on their eleventh birthday. However, when the day of her death arrives, Morrigan gets a surprise visit from a man name Jupiter North who whisks her away to a magical city of Nevermoor where she will not die. However, to stay in the city she must compete for a place in the city’s prestigious Wundrous Society against hundreds of other children and her fate is anything but guaranteed.

Why I love this book:

  • This book has been compared to Harry Potter, and there are definitely some similarities. For kids who like books with magic elements, contests to weed out the noblest and brave, and a villain who wants to recruit the heroine this is the story for them.
  • The back half of the book was my favorite. This is when Morrigan is involved in the competition to determine her fate in the Wundrous Society. I really enjoyed learning the talents of other children which I hope will be delved into more deeply in subsequent books.
  • I really appreciated the setting of the Hotel Deucalion. Reminded me a little of the magic of Hogwarts with rooms that seem to adapt to the needs of the guests, interesting common areas that play a number of roles in the story and occupants such as a giant cat and a vampire dwarf.

Who this book is for:

Great for fans of Harry Potter or the Mysterious Benedict Society. Kids who love fantasy and magic will find this new series compelling.

Final thoughts:

The main character in this book is a girl. However, boys will and should read this book. The story is compelling no matter the gender of the main character and boys really do need to read more books that feature females as the leads. It is a small way in which we can start encouraging our boys to think of women as equally able to control the narrative.

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