The Edge of the Word by Drew Callander, Alana Harrison, Ryan Andrews, and You

You—yes, YOU—and your ever-useful pencil are back in Astorya, the land where anything you write down becomes reality. After defeating the sweetly evil Queen Rulette, You discover that your adventure is far from over. The original Original—the very document that created Astorya and all of its inhabitants—is in jeopardy. There is a way to hide it, but it’ll require You and the verbose Prince S. to venture down to the Other Side, a place of pure havoc and chaos. It’ll take all the writing, drawing, and puzzle-solving You can muster to battle monsters, hide the original Original, and save the day.

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Mightier Than the Sword by Drew Callander, Alana Harrison, Ryan Andrews, and You

Prince S. has been captured by the sadistic Queen Rulette, and only you—yes, YOU—can rescue him. But you won’t be alone. Among the denizens of Astorya, a land where stories from the human world become reality, there’s a cadre of Couriers ready to aid in your quest: a French stoat who knows how to tango, a telepathic chameleon, a ninja with a passion for fire, a Pegasus mixed with a centaur mixed with a sheriff, and an expert navigational dung beetle. But perhaps most importantly, you have your trusty pencil. And with it, you control your own story.

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The Miraculous by Jess Redman

Wunder Ellis is a miracologist, dutifully cataloging stories of the miraculous in a journal. However, after his newborn sister dies, Wunder stops the stories— miracles don’t exist. But then he meets Faye and, in turn, the woman who lives in the crumbling house near the cemetery. Though Wunder can’t say for sure if she’s a witch, he follows her instructions for a journey that makes him reconsider friendship, grief, and even miracles.

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Choose Your Own Nightmare: Island of Doom by Richard Brightfield

Each week for Paperback Throwback, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

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Emily Out of Focus by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Emily can’t wait to fly with her parents to China and adopt her baby sister, but that doesn’t stop her from being nervous. What about if she doesn’t like the food? What about if her parents find out she’s sneaking Nana’s camera on the trip? Most importantly, what about if her new sister doesn’t like her? But with her parents focused on the impending adoption, Emily finds herself spending time with Katherine, whose parents are also adopting a second child. However, Katherine has her own mission, and she wants Emily’s help to find her birth mother.

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Ma and Pa Dracula by Ann M. Martin

Each week for Paperback Throwback, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

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Super Jake & the King of Chaos by Naomi Milliner

Ethan has spent countless hours perfecting his magic act. Of course, that’s when he’s not focused on his little brother with special needs, Jake, and his constant hospital visits. His practice pays off when he gets the chance to enter a magic competition in Atlantic City, with the grand prize of meeting his idol, Magnus the Magnificent. But when Jake becomes seriously ill, Ethan searches for any trick that might help him.

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