June 22, 2017

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Carry On

Rainbow Rowell. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin.

Gr 8 Up–In this ode to “Harry Potter,” “The Chosen One” trope, and fanfiction, Rowell creates an amusing but layered world filled with relatable protagonists, hero quests, and unforgettable friendships. Simon Snow, first introduced in Fangirl (2013), is fated to change the world of magic but can’t seem to control his powers. When he realizes that he would rather kiss than kill his nemesis, the teen wizard is finally able to fulfill his destiny. Equal parts fantasy and realistic fiction, this genre-bending title, overflowing with joy and magic, tackles big questions, such as identity, love, class, and power.

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