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The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Better Off Read by Nora Page
Braced by Alyson Gerber
The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
Fleep by Jason Shiga
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz
Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator) Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi
The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill
Murder Past Due by Miranda James
Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
Ragtag by Karl Wolf-Morgenländer
The Road is Yours Reginald M. Cleveland Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza
Runaways, Volume 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz
Wandering Son: Volume 3 by Takako Shimura
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: rereading for the American road narrative

Miscellaneous
Canadian Book Challenge: 2018-2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 25)
May 2018 Sources
May 2018 Summary
On counting books: stop policing other people's reading
Thirty-one years of tracking my reading

Road Essays
Ignoring the eight percent
There are 216 road narrative stories (that I'm interested in)
Traveling between utopia and uhoria: an introduction to the use of space and time in Oz and Night Vale
Who is Dorothy?

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The Chosen Ones: 06/30/18

The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas is the second of the WorldQuake series. With the post event world set up where there is now magic and two alternate worlds: the Otherworld and the Underworld, now it is time to see how magic can be exploited.

Effie and Maximillian both have been last readers, traveling to magical places by way of last editions. Their adventures have caught the attention of people who want to exploit the power of the last edition for their own greedy reasons.

Meanwhile at school, their teacher seems unnecessarily strict with magic and magical items (boons). The teacher's attitude and behavior reminds me of Dolores Umbridge but better written. Then there's the evil elite school who cheats at everything and is now up against Effie's school in tennis. It's a funny aside that shows how magic works in the real world and how different types of people can use magic differently. Basically there's no one size fits all.

As to be expected from second book in a series, the plot is more complex as the emphasis here is on character building and the setting up the board for the big confrontation that's coming in book three or later — depending on how many books are planned.

Aside from setting up the series for a big future confrontation, there is a self contained mystery. It's possible to solve it based on what's been established Dragon's Green and what is further set up in The Chosen Ones

The third book in the series, which comes out in 2019 is Galloglass.

Five stars

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