Elymnifoquent is a book blog that celebrates our love for middlegrade adventures. We find the books we read in the usual ways—trawling the stacks of local libraries, poking through thrift stores, clicking thumbnails on Goodreads, and stalking our favorite authors. Fair Warning: We’re not professional book bloggers. The stories we read and review are books that caught our interest. So all the stories you’ll find here are the kinds of stories we like best—fantasy, adventure, fairy tale, mystery, family, friendship, comedy, coming-of-age, and heartwarming slice-of-life.

C. J. Milbrandt

CJ has always believed in miracles, especially small ones. A lifelong bookworm with a love for fairy tales, far-off lands, and fantasy worlds, she began spinning adventures of her own on the advice of a dear friend. Her family-friendly stories mingle humor and whimsy with a dash of danger and a touch of magic. Author of the award-winning Byways Books, in which three half-brothers take sibling rivalry to new lengths as they race each other across their homeland. [2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, “Best Book Series – Chapter Books,” Bronze Medal]

Give me vivid characters to love, a reason to laugh, and a happy ending. Amen. —C. J. Milbrandt

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Elza Kinde


Christa Kinde
Faith in a Father whose ways are mysterious. Hope in a Friend who’s coming again. Love that bears fruit in far-off places. Christa Kinde believes in bright colors, good manners, crazy socks, word games, cat naps, and postage stamps. But most of all, she believes in God. She writes about her faith with studies, stories, and devotionals that bring truth into focus and give faith a practical spin.

Christa will contribute occasional reviews of faith-based middlegrade stories. In her 4-volume Threshold Series [HarperCollins Christian, Zonderkidz], angels and demons clash over a quaint small town where not everyone is who—or what—they seem.

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