Middle Grade Carousel is a series of monthly challenges for lovers and readers of middle grade books. Our theme for July is…
Once Upon a Time
Creatures, and kisses, and castles! Oh my! We’re setting off to seek stories with fairy tale flair.
How did your Summer Reading Bingo go in June? Are you ready for Round 2? Here’s a fresh board for the month of July!
When I awoke my eyes opened on two gray eyes in a white stroobly head. Small pinfeathers were sticking out of the stroobly down, like feathers in an Indian quiver. The blue beak curled down in a snarl and up in a smile.
“Oh, Frightful,” I said, “you are a raving beauty.”
My Side of the Mountain
Jean Craighead George
One of the biggest draws for the fantasy genre are all of the amazing magical critters that exist between the pages, be they folktale favorites, monsters from ancient myths, or newly-imagined novelties.
Since our theme for June is FEATHERS, we’ve decided to give you a countdown of our top ten favorite fantasy creatures who happen to sport some plumage.
Raffa turned to watch the bird as it soared behind them. It was a great-tufted owl, easily the biggest he had ever seen. It banked in a smooth curve, barely moving a feather—then headed back toward them.
The owl came at them again, its vicious talons extended for a strike.
Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw, #1)
Linda Sue Park
Not for nothing, though, was Harry the youngest Seeker in a century. He had a knack for spotting things that other people didn’t. After a minute’s weaving about through the whirl of rainbow feathers, he noticed a large silver key that had a bent wing, as if it had already been caught and stuffed roughly into the keyhole.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J. K. Rowling
Beneath his jacket were wings that grew out through rips in his shirt. When they were released, the wings began to unfurl from his shoulder blades. They were twisted and uneven, they were covered in cracked and crooked feathers.
I’ve been enjoying the magical and melancholy works of Michelle Cuevas!
Have you discovered any new authors recently?