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Sep 6 / Michael

Two more amazing reviews! Plus, POLARIS is a Junior Library Guild selection!


I already shared the first fantastic review for POLARIS a few posts ago. (That one was from notoriously tough Kirkus.) Now my scary sea story has received two more splashy reviews—and they’re great, too!

The first is from the September 1 issue of School Library Journal. Here are some of my favorite parts:

“This historical fiction/science fiction mash-up is filled with adventure, mystery, and horror… There are wonderful descriptions of life aboard a 19th-century sailing vessel, and each of the six children are given well-drawn personalities. VERDICT: Middle grade readers looking for an adventure on the high seas without leaving the comfort of their homes will love this swashbuckling, spine-tingling tale.”

Ah! So good, right? Swashbuckling! Spine-tingling! The next review is from Publishers Weekly. You can read the full review here, but once again my favorite part comes at the end. According to PW, POLARIS “incorporates a wealth of nautical and historical detail while making skilled use of atmosphere, tension, and a well-developed cast.” The reviewer steers clear of spoilers and calls the book “a brisk read, but one that is sure to linger after the lights have been turned out.”

I love that! This also seems like a good time to mention that neither the publisher nor the author of this book are responsible for any lost sleep caused and/or spooky chills. 🙂

One last bit of good news before I go. I just found out that POLARIS is an official Junior Library Guild selection. JLG is a fantastic organization that’s been around since 1929, and I am honored to be included.

Anyway, that’s all the news for now. Fall is in the air here in New York City, and it won’t be long until this dark, scary tale is out in the world!

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