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Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire is the third book in the Wayward Children series.

We’re back at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children with some new and some familiar faces. As always, Eleanor takes in children who have found their doorways and somehow have lost them again. In this book a nonsense girl named, Rini, from a candy world, falls from the sky looking for her mother.

When Sumi found her doorway, it was predicted that she would do great things and that she would have a daughter. But Sumi died years before finding her way back to her candy coated world… but a nonsense world doesn’t always follow linear rules and now her daughter Rini is here to bring Sumi home.

Can Rini and a band of misfit wayward children do the impossible and bring Sumi back to life? And what troubles… what worlds will they find along the way?

I can’t tell you enough how much I adore this series of little books. Beneath the Sugar Sky gives the reader another look at the “worlds” children fall into–the doorways they stumble through. McGuire creates these sometimes zany, sometimes creepy, sometimes fantastically nutty worlds that I just love peaking into.

One of my favorite things about this series is that each book can easily stand up by its own. Yes, you get a bit of background about the school for wayward children in the first book and some of the characters from the first book appear in the subsequent ones, but I still think anyone could read any of these and be transported.

In each book, McGuire gives you a little more insight into these doorways and other worlds–you learn a little more about how they work. You get a whole new level of information in this book that makes these worlds a little more complex and interesting. But, for readers who aren’t interested in the how and why, you aren’t overwhelmed by details. This series can literally be for everyone.

Have I convinced you yet? Do yourself a favor and pick up this series. Another Wayward book that gets five stars from me!

That’s all for now!


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