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Book recommendations! ...

Book recommendations!

I guess this is just a place to talk about good books, ask for recommendations, and give them!

So, here's a recommendation from me: Politics is for Power, by Eitan Hersh. It's basically about how to make actual political change locally, and it's honestly amazing, and it kind of changed my entire view on politics and how I treat it.

Anyone have recommendations for fantasy novels that aren't part of a series, and aren't like too mainstream or anything (because if it's popular I've probably read it XD)? 

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(May 24, 2021 - 10:38 am)
This is a neat idea! If anyone has some fantasy suggestions, I'd love to hear them! 
Rainbow Riot (awesome name), there's this book I really like and it's stand alone (as far as I know) and it's fantasy. It's about a princess who's trying to help her cursed sisters. It's called,
The extra-ordinary princess .
Also, another awesome fantasy stand alone novel I read is called, sun and moon, ice and snow. It's based off of a fairy tale and it's really good. This girl understands animals and she gets taken by a bear to an ice castle with her wolf friend. You should read it, it's amazing!  
submitted by ChangelingChild , age 12 yrs , The Fairy Realm
(May 24, 2021 - 5:03 pm)

I read Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and I totally agree w/ u! It's really good. It's by Jessica Day George, who has some fantasy books I used to love. It's about this girl who has this ability to talk to animals, and then goes with this bear to his ice palace to help her family. While there, she uncovers a mysterious curse which she has been caught up in. It ends with a happily ever after, yay!

submitted by AKA tiny dancer, noyb
(August 20, 2021 - 12:35 pm)

Okay, I know that you said no series, BUT I just finished one of the most incredible fantasy series ever, and there's only two books! The first book is called Six of Crows. It's fantasy, but wayyyy different than the regular kind, and plus, the cast of characters is super diverse. If you want you can read the Shadow and Bone trilogy that takes place in the same world- it might give some context, but you don't need to read it. Anyway, I hope this helped!

submitted by Silver Crystal, age Infinity, Milky Way
(May 24, 2021 - 9:11 pm)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris is a really good book.  It is based of the same fairy tale as Ice and Snow, Sun and Moon; but be warned, it is unlike anyother fairy tale.  It explores how people change with their experiences and how their heart changes with them; and how maybe "happily ever after" can hae different meanings.  It's amazing and the watercolor pictures are so beautiful. 

Now for a list of books:

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange.  An interesting book set during the time of World War II in a light house.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu.  Another unique book, about the lives of Nannerel and her brother, W. A. Mozart.  The wish Nannerel makes and the truth of what the answer would bring.  It's set around the fantasy world that came real they made together.

A Green and Ancient Life by Frederic S. Durbin.  You can look at May's MCU for a book review on this if you want more than: it's really good.

The Theif Lord by Cornelia Funke.  About the hidden lives of two runaway boys, their orphan friends and their boss; the mysterious Theif Lord, whose wish to be older than he is leads to unaccouted for happenings.


submitted by Peregrine
(May 25, 2021 - 10:24 am)
I love our castle by the sea !!!! 
submitted by ChangelingChild, age 12yrs, The Fairy Realm
(May 26, 2021 - 6:21 am)

I love Our Castle By The Sea too! I have another book by Lucy Strange, too...I think it's called The Secret of Nightingale Woods.

submitted by Honeybee
(May 27, 2021 - 2:19 pm)

I just finished Our Castle by the Sea–it's incredible, I didn't cry but I came close to it, thank you for the reccomendation.

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(July 19, 2021 - 5:06 pm)

I love giving book reccomendations! I can't think of any stand-alone fantasy novels off the top of my head, but I'll let you know if I do.

We Didn't Ask For This by Adi Alsaid. This book was absolutely incredible, it's about a group of students who stage an environmental protest at an international school. The characters were all so unique and diverse, and the writing style was so wonderful to read. It struck me as similar to a ski lodge, if that makes sense- sort of generalized descriptions of a group, zooming in on major characters. I've loved every book I've read by Adi Alsaid, so I'd also recommend his other books! Let's Get Lost and North of Happy were both amazing.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I cannot express how much I loved this book. It was so deep and rich in culture, the writing was beautiful too. It's part of a trilogy, and the third one doesn't come out for a while, which I'm sad about. The books do have some violence and more mature themes, so keep that in mind.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I've read Fangirl a dozen times (which I also recommend), and I finally decided to read Carry On. It was so good, I loved how it subverted the usual "Chosen One" story for something more raw and real. I also loved the sequel, Wayward Son, and I'm looking forward to the third one coming out.

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Sparling. I will reccomend this book to literally anyone, it's my favorite LGBTQ book. It's just so sweet and happy and I love the characters and the story, everything about it is so wonderful!

I will definitely be back with more! 

submitted by Quill
(May 25, 2021 - 12:56 pm)

I'm out of good books to read. Anyone have any book reccomendations for me?

submitted by Lightning Girl, age 2,000,000, Bortron_7
(May 25, 2021 - 1:29 pm)

Hmm, it's really hard to recommend a book when  you don't know what that person likes to read, but I just finished reading two books by Barbara Dee, one called Halfway Normal about a seventh grader who returns to school after having gone through chemotherapy for her Lukemia for two years. The other is called My Life In The Fish Tank, and it's about another seventh grader (I think?!) whose brother gets diagnosed with bipolar.

They were both really good and I'd hiigghhlllyy recommend.

Hope that helps! 

submitted by Clementine@Lightning, age 13
(May 25, 2021 - 4:31 pm)

Hmm, have you read Unplugged by Gordon Korman? Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus By Dusti Bowling is AMAZING, too. 

submitted by Milly Sunstar
(May 25, 2021 - 5:28 pm)

Oh yeah, I read Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus a couple years ago. I agree, it was great!

submitted by Raven, age Forever , The Whisperlands
(July 18, 2021 - 11:44 am)

Not here for a recommendation, but here because I need help finding a book! This was an amazing book, and I read it a couple years ago, but problem is–I can't remember the title.

So the basic gist of it is: there are two siblings–an older brother and a younger sister, and the sister was called Rat. After their dad died, they traveled to New York to find their uncle, who they thought was a criminal, but he turned out being a pharmacist. I really can't remember anything else about it, but I remember that the cover had a moon on it (I think). Help?

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(May 26, 2021 - 6:48 pm)

I found it :D :D I'm literally so happy it was one of my favorite books XD

It's called Unhooking the Moon if anyone wants to read it :D :D 

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(June 5, 2021 - 9:33 pm)

I'm currently going through all the Star Wars books, so sorry if this has a lot of them.

Good books: 

The 'Darth Vader' Comics 



Leia: Princess of Alderaan

'Revenge of the Sith' novelization

The Tale of a Princess, a Scoundrel and a Farmer Boy

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!


The Queen's Shadow

'The Clone Wars' novalization 

submitted by MoonHalo, Naboo
(May 31, 2021 - 2:27 pm)