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Our Favorite Reads of the Week, Back to School

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Welcome back to our weekly family book roundup! This edition is our back to school reads of the week! As avid readers, we’re always on the hunt for captivating stories that can be enjoyed by all ages.

From our 10-year-old’s magical journey in Fablehaven to my dive into the evocative “Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea,” there’s something for everyone. Curious to know what caught our attention this week? Keep reading to discover our family’s top book picks of the week!

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The Back to School Reads

All our kids are officially back to school and with fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dive into some good reads. So, grab a cozy blanket, a hot cup of your favorite beverage, and let’s get into this week’s picks:

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Fablehaven Book 3 – Grip of the Shadow Plague

by Brandon Mull

Our ten-year-old is lost in the magical world of Fablehaven, now on book 3, “Grip of the Shadow Plague.” This series is perfect for kids who love fantasy, action, and a sprinkle of mystery. In this installment, the stakes get even higher as dark forces threaten to overturn the sanctuary.

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The Cartographers

by Peng Shepherd

I bought this on a whim while killing time at the book store and then was immediately hooked! Nell Young, a passionate cartographer estranged from her legendary father, is drawn into a perilous mystery when he’s found dead with a seemingly worthless map. As she delves deeper, she realizes the map is rare and sought after by a dangerous collector. “The Cartographers” melds art and science with magic, weaving a tale of dark family secrets, the untapped power of maps, and a journey into the unknown.

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Whatever After Book 3 – Abby in Neverland

by Sarah Mlynowski

Our nine-year-old is captivated by the “Whatever After” series, and this week, it’s all about “Abby in Neverland.” These books offer a modern twist on classic fairy tales, perfect for young readers who love magical adventures with a hint of humor.

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Littlest back to school reads

Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury

by Laura Numeroff

Our five-year-old can’t get enough of Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury. This book is an adorable collection of stories and activities featuring the charming Mouse. It’s perfect for bedtime, storytime, or any time!

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dad's back to school reads

For the Gaming Enthusiast: The Witcher Series

by Andrzej Sapkowski

Jordan is working his way through The Witcher series, a must-read for fans of high fantasy and intricate storylines. From political intrigue to mythical creatures, these books offer a compelling world that complements the popular video game series.

That wraps up this week’s recommendations! As always, we’d love to hear what you’re reading. Feel free to share your current reads or favorites in the comments below. Happy reading!