Review: Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis

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Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis

Somehow I lost track of this wonderful magical series, so I’m a little late in reading the last two books.  This is the second in the series, following Kat, Incorrigible.  Kat’s oldest sister is wed at the beginning of this book, but not before her wedding is disrupted by the angry mother of another sister’s suitor.  Once again Kat’s feud with Lady Fotherington has caused catastrophe.  When Kat confronts Lady Fotherington about what she has done, she goes too far and loses her right to learn how to use her Guardian magic.  Soon after the wedding, the suitor has reluctantly left and the family heads to Bath to escape the scandal for a time.  Little do they know, but they are heading directly into a huge magical situation where Kat will be unable to avoid the Guardians.

Burgis weaves actual history into her story of Bath which adds a fine solid foundation to a story that is frothy with fun and sparkling with magic.  Perhaps the best part of this book is the frumpery and finery of the upper class, making sure they are seen in the proper way and fretting about the smallest things.  Through it all, Kat is a fierce heroine, determined to regain her right to learn Guardian magic and do what is best for her family. 

A strong second book in a delight of a series, this book has a strong ending that sets readers up nicely for the final book in the series.  Appropriate for ages 9-12.

Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Fredrick McKissack Dies

Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues The Clone Codes (The Clone Codes, #1)

The St. Louis Post Dispatch carries the news of the death of Fredrick McKissack.  Mr. McKissack co-authored many books with his wife, Patricia McKissack.  According to the article, he also helped with research on books that did not bear his name as well. 

Fredrick McKissack died on Sunday at the age of 73.  Together with his wife, they wrote more than 100 books for children and adults many of which focused on African-Americans and civil rights. 

2013 Golden Kite Award Winners


The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced the winners of their 2013 Golden Kite Award and the winners of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.  These are presented for excellence in books for young readers published in 2012. 

Here are the winners:


The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin


Noah Webster and His Words

Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch


Me and Momma and Big John

Me and Momma and Big John by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low


Lester's Dreadful Sweaters

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K. G. Campbell


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems




Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson


A Leaf Can Be...

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija


Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Electric Ben by Robert Byrd