Monday, August 29, 2016

Middle School Monday: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Clare hasn't lived at her family's house in Ireland since she was a little girl and her mother passed away. Since then, she and her dad have traveled around America as he took different jobs as a geologist. But it's time to go back home to a life that Clare barely remembers.

The house itself feels familiar to Clare, but surely the open window that her mom used to say is to 'let the fairies in' is just a quirky joke. The giant yew tree growing in their living room must have only been kept their as a family heirloom too. And the hair standing up on the back of her neck when she reaches in a hole in the tree? That's clearly explained by one too many viewings of scary movies.

But when she runs into Finn, a boy who is shocked that she doesn't remember all the time they spent together as small kids, Clare has to face the fact that there's much more going on in her hometown than can easily be explained away with logic. Finn has lots to tell her about the Strange, the land of the fae and Clare's role in the protection of it. Clare is about to be asked to go from being the weird kid at school who used to kind of want to pretend fairies are real to a dream-making protector of magic in just a few short days.

If you're someone who likes to make, whether that's writing, drawing, imagining or building, this magical adventure will be just what you're looking for.

More to read:
What Do You Mean You Haven't Read "Wild Magic" by Tamora PierceThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper FfordeMiddle School Monday: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Middle School Monday: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

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