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Book Picks: ‘Boo Stew’ is a great read-aloud tale for Halloween

Book reviews: An epic fantasy tale, plus a creative kids' title with just a dash of spooky fun.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

Looking for some reading inspiration? Here’s a peek at what King County Library System staff and the young readers in their lives are digging into this month!

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For adults: Black Sun,” by Rebecca Roanhorse

In a year where the winter solstice and a solar eclipse coincide, Xiala takes her ship on a perilous voyage with a passenger named Serapio, who carries with him a destiny that cannot be stopped. He is a vessel for Grandfather Crow, a god that propels him to avenge a massacre committed against his people. They are traveling to challenge Naranpa, a Sun Priest and the religious authority of Tova. Set in a world built with rich detail and meaning, “Black Sun” is the first book in an epic fantasy tale that brings these three characters together in a formidable power struggle.

For young readers: Boo Stew” by Donna L. Washington, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Cooking is Curly Locks’ favorite thing to do, but no one wants to eat her creations of cat hair cupcakes and batwing brownies. When the Scares, shadowy figures that live in Toadsuck Swamp, come to town and frighten the residents, Curly Locks uses her infamous creations to help her neighbors. With her loving mother behind her, Curly Locks shows us how an underappreciated talent might come in handy, just in the nick of time. “Boo Stew” has fun language to read aloud and the illustrations are full of whimsy with just a small dash of spooky for the season.

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About the Author

Rekha Kuver

Librarian Rekha Kuver is the youth and family services manager for the King County Library System. As a reader, she likes characters with rich internal lives and settings with a vivid sense of time and place. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s making art or spending time outdoors.