I Can't Wait for... The Questmaster's Trap by Frank L. Cole & Secrets of the Looking Glass by J. Scott Savage (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #middlegrade #books #fantasybooks @ShadowMountn

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I don't read a lot of middle grade books, but these two authors are ones I do read. I read the first book in these series and thoroughly enjoyed them both, thus why I'm excited for book twos! Champion's Quest is a bit like playing Dungeons and Dragons with a motley kid crew against other teams, and with The Lost Wonderland Diaries it's some kids who mysteriously found themselves in Wonderland and find there are forces working to get the power they unknowingly have. Both series are just super fun and a bit quirky and I'd definitely recommend them to this age group! They're my picks this week...

The Questmaster's Trap
(Champion's Quest #2)
By Frank L. Cole
Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
October 4, 2022 by Shadow Mountain


“A fun read for those who wish their imagined adventures could become real.” ―Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Dragonwatch

Hello, Brave Reader: You’re just in time to roll the Die of Destiny and play a game of Champion’s quest. The wizard Questmaster Hob has summoned the Wild Crows on a new adventure. But not everything is what it seems.

A new, sinister Questmaster creates chaos for Lucas, Miles, and Jasmine. They are ill-prepared to fight stronger, challenging monsters, including an evil centaur who has taken a magical ally hostage. As the Wild Crows journey to rescue her, they encounter shadow elves, troltusses, and giants. They also learn new skills and strategies, and discover their quest is more than just a game this time. The fate of the world of Champion’s Quest―including the lives of the wizards Hob and Bogie―hangs in the balance.

Can the Wild Crows prevail? Will the luck of the dice be in their favor? Can they gather the right magical items and overcome their weaknesses? It will take true champions and a bit of luck to win this gripping, fantastical, high-stakes adventure.

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Secrets of the Looking Glass
(The Lost Wonderland Diaries #2)
By J. Scott Savage
Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
September 13, 2022 by Shadow Mountain


After returning from Wonderland, Celia and Tyrus journey to the Looking-Glass World to reclaim their mirror images and stop a war between two powerful queens.

When the Bandersnatch steals one of Lewis Carroll’s lost diaries, Celia and Tyrus try to get it back, only to tumble through a magic mirror into the Looking-Glass World, a place where everything―themselves included―is divided in two. Celia’s logic and Tyrus’s imagination now belong to their mirror images, Lia and Ty.

Left without their greatest problem-solving skills, Celia and Tyrus must rely on each other as they play a massive game of chess to try to catch their mirror images. Along the way, they engage in a rhyming battle with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, seek advice from Humpty and Dumpty, and learn how to believe in the impossible from the White Queen, who remembers the future as if it were the past.

As the final battle draws near, Celia and Tyrus form an uneasy alliance with Lia and Ty to find the legendary vorpal sword―the only weapon powerful enough to stop the war. If they fail, not only will two kingdoms be destroyed, but Celia and Tyrus might never regain their stolen talents and could be trapped in the Looking-Glass World forever.

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Will you be reading either of these or buying for someone else?

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