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Ellen Booraem

Ellen BooraemEllen Booraem is the author of The Unnameables, which was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. She lives in Brooklin, Maine.Read an excerpt of The Unnameables at Ellen Booraem‘s website.

Small Persons With Wings: Did Not Finish

Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem

Mellie Turpin has been suffering for her entire school career. Not only has she always been teased about being overweight, but she made the mistake of promising her kindergarten class that she’d bring in Fidius, her fairy friend, for show-and-tell. When Fidius disappeared the night before show-and-tell, Mellie was declared a liar and earned the sticky nickname “Fairy Fat.”

Now that she’s thirteen, Mellie has learned to suppress her imagination, but she’s still smart and overweight and she’s still being bullied and ostracized at school. She dreams of the day when she’ll be a famous scientist while the popular pretty girls who tease her will be the nobodies. When Mellie’s grandfather dies and her family moves to Baker’s Village to fix up the inn they’ve inherited, Mellie is happy to be starting a new life. But she never imagined that her new home would be infested with Sm... Read More

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Ellen Booraem children's fantasy book reviews The UnnameablesThe Unnameables — (2008) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called — simply — Island. Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does. Nothing less. Islanders like things (and people) to do what their names say they will. Nothing more. In fact, everything on Island is named for its purpose, even the people who inhabit it. But Medford Runyuin is different. A foundling, he has a meaningless last name that is just one of many reminders that he’s an outsider. And, to make matters worse, Medford’s been keeping a big secret, one that could get him banished from Island forever. When the smelliest, strangest, unruliest creature Island has ever seen comes barreling right into his rigid world, Medford can’t help but start to question the rules he’s been trying to follow his entire life. A whimsical fantasy debut about belonging, the dangers of forgetting history, and the Usefulness of art, The Unnameables is one of the funniest stories of friendship you’ll ever read, with a cast of characters you’ll never forget.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsTexting the Underworld — (2013) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is–as all banshees are–a harbinger of death, but she’s new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he’s going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe. “Got your cell?” “Yeah . . . . Don’t see what good it’ll do me.”  “I’ll text you if anything happens that you should know.”  “Text me? Javier, we’ll be in the afterlife.” “You never know. Maybe they get a signal.” Discover why Kirkus has called Booraem’s work “utterly original American fantasy… frequently hysterical.” This totally fresh take on the afterlife combines the kid next door appeal of Percy Jackson with the snark of Artemis Fowl and the heart of a true middle grade classic.