Book Spotlight: The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

It’s been a while since I posted a book spotlight. It’s also been a while since I read a new book that really blew me away. There have been many I enjoyed, maybe even one or two I loved, but when I sat down to write out my thoughts, to fangirl and gush away, I didn’t know what to say. Sometime that happens, and that’s okay.

But today, I want to share a middle grade fantasy I read and adored. Middle grade is not-so-secretly my favorite audience genre. It can dive into important themes and matters of YA without all the angst and drama. (Okay, so some middle grade does have drama and angst, but it’s different.)

The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett is a middle grade fantasy that includes all of my favorite things: magic, enchanted forests, dragons, curses, sibling relationships, mythical creatures, hidden secrets, amazing adult characters, and more.

This book is for people who like the magic of Harry Potter and the fun of How to Train Your Dragon and the world aesthetics of Howl’s Moving Castle. There’s lots of adventure, lots of shenanigans, and lots of mythical creatures.

But my favorite thing is that this book doesn’t pull any punches. Bad stuff happens to the characters, some of it verging into dark territory. It doesn’t have a happily ever after kind of ending. But it has a hopeful ending. It has an ending that is realistic (despite being completely fantasy!) and true to life but can still leave you feeling satisfied. And I appreciate Heather Fawcett so much for writing the story the way she did.

I have yet to read a book by Heather that I haven’t enjoyed to some degree, but The School Between Winter and Fairyland is easily one of my favorites by her.


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