Happy Book Birthday Darkwood!
I didn’t realize that this was a Middle-Grade book when I accepted the review request so you can pass the title along to your kids or neighbors as something they might like, or read it yourself. It was hilarious and inspired a bit by Terry Pratchett.
The kingdom of Myrsina has a lot of rules. No magic, no girls are doing math and science. This retelling of Hansel and Gretel (with some twists) explores more important themes like authoritarianism in a way that Middle Schoolers and Teens will enjoy and hopefully learn something from. I’m a big fan of fairytales and folklore, and I was disappointed that it was such a quick read.
Since this is just coming out, we’ll have to wait for ages for a sequel which is a shame. It’s in my top 5 for Summer kids titles for sure.