One perk I love about having a review blog is receiving new books for my children. We love to read and strongly believe that one can never have too many books.
A few weeks ago, Harper Collins sent me three new chapter books to preview. We received “Granted” by John David Anderson, “The Problim Children” by Natalie Lloyd and “The Book of Boy” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
Granted is the story of Ophelia, a fairy that grants wishes.
Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it.
In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophelia is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.
It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.
Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.
And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.
The Problim Children
The Problim Children is the story of seven children and the neighbours that keep trying to tear their family apart. It’s mysterious and fun.
Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, the first book in this new trilogy is an unforgettable tale of adventure, family, and finding the courage to face any problem heart-first.
When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings—each born on a different day of the week—have to move into their grandpa’s bizarre old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift!
But rumors about their family-run rampant in the small town: tales of a bitter feud, a hidden treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. Their neighbors, the O’Pinions, will do anything to find the secrets lurking inside the Problim household—including sending the seven children to seven different houses on seven different continents!
The Book of Boy
The Book of Boy is a medieval adventure about a boy who talks to animals.
This epic and engrossing quest story is for fans of Adam Gidwitz’s The Inquisitor’s Tale and Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and for readers of all ages. Features a map and black-and-white art by Ian Schoenherr throughout.
Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town—until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspensful expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.
Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics and accumulating dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end—for what if St. Peter can make Boy’s hump go away? A surprising and unforgettable tale for readers of all ages.
My daughter has started reading Granted and is really enjoying it so far. I’m planning on reading The Problim Child to my son at bedtime. I think he’ll like this mysterious story with seven interesting characters.
All three books will be available in stores and online this February. Make sure to pick one up for your child’s bookshelf!
Harper Collins is giving away advance copies of all three books to one of my lucky readers!
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Giveaway open to Canadian residents only. Mandatory question must be answered to be eligible to win. Giveaway runs from Jan 15 – Jan 24, 2018. See my Terms & Conditions for full giveaway info.