The latest chapter book, middle grade and young adult reviews from Paperback Snob

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YA FICTION

The Cursebreakers Series by Brigid Kemmerer

Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, this is a feminist exploration of the classic fairy tale.

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FICTION AGE 7+

Space Detectives
by Mark Powers, illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Sherlock Holmes meets Star Wars in this out-of-this-world, comic adventure. 

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YA FICTION

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

A brilliant coming-of-age story about love, loss, forgiveness, acceptance and finding a sense of belonging.

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FICTION AGE 8+

A Pinch of Magic 
by Michelle Harrison

An absolutely irresistible blend of adventure, intrigue & enchantment.

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FICTION AGE 5+

Kitty and the Twilight Trouble by Paula Harrison,  
illustrated by Jenny Løvlie

A delightful adventure featuring a superhero-in-training who can talk to cats. 

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FICTION AGE 7+

Pizazz by Sophy Henn

Absolutely hilarious and action-packed, this mixture of text and comic-book style images is ideal for reluctant readers.

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FICTION AGE 8+

The House at the Edge
of Magic by Amy Sparkes

An absolutely brilliant book that's full of fun and brimming with magic.

YA FICTION

Savage Her Reply
by Deirdre Sullivan

A bewitching feminist retelling of Irish legend The Children of Lir.

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YA FICTION

Love is a Revolution
by Renée Watson 

Self-love is radical love in this compelling coming-of-age story set in Harlem. 

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FICTION AGE 8+

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan

A fascinating exploration of the impact of an unexplained event on a family and their community. 

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FICTION AGE 8+

Morgana Mage in the Robotic Age by Amy Bond

An exciting debut from an Irish author, set in a world where science and magic collide. 

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