Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky

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Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she's trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2018.
Edition: First edition. --
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765393586
Branch Call Number: FIC McGUI
Characteristics: 174 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 12, 2019

While the idea of the Wayward Children series is clever, I often find McGuire's writing hits me over the head with a message and Beneath the Sugar Sky has been the worst offender so far. Our story is often from the perspective of a new student to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. Cora is waiting to return to a magical watery world where she lived as a mermaid. McGuire writes Cora as a chubby girl who feels inadequate because of her weight. Cora loves to run and swim, but her weight never goes down, and so she has often been bullied. At Eleanor's shes waiting for the students to treat her the way she has always been treated, but, of course, they don't because they are all so enlightened that no one would dream of making fun of her weight. When McGuire's message of "body shaming isn't cool" crosses the line for me is when Christopher, who is waiting to return to Mariposa, a world of skeletons, decides that Cora thinks he wants to go back because the people are skinny. Skeletons = Skinny. Get it? And I think that encapsulates what I dislike about McGuire's writing in general. It is inelegant and expository, unrealistic (in how characters act, not the fantasy elements) and, in the end, not very engaging.

Beneath the Sugar Sky is a quest, which should have some built-in excitement, but it never quite got there for me. There didn't seem to be anything at stake other than the fate of one girl we have never met before. Even if you love McGuire's writing, I would say this particular entry in the Wayward Children series is an easy pass.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 21, 2019

I love this series about kids lives after they return from fantasy worlds!...and they keep getting better.

VaughanPLShelly Nov 01, 2018

Though I like all the books in this imaginative series, Beneath the Sugar Sky is easily my favourite. If you've always wondered what effect portal worlds (like Narnia) have on the children who go through them, this is the series for you. It's also a series with standalone novels so you can totally read this one on its own!

JCLHebahA Sep 05, 2018

If you love the dark, unsettling feel of fairy tales, you need to be reading Seanan McGuire's novellas. They are eerie, dark, lovely, and unsettling, with wondrous worlds and diverse characters. These are books I have to own so that I can underline particularly rich passages with impunity.

Apr 03, 2018

I don't think I've ever read an author like McGuire. The closest thing I can compare it to is Grimm's Fairy Tales with a wider range of more modern characters. Even though it's been at least a year since I've read Every Heart A Doorway, I was instantly drawn back into the world of Eleanor's home and the children's multiple doorways (I don't count Down Among The Sticks and Bones really, since it was Jack and Jill's backstory). Nadya, Christopher, and Kade are back, and we are introduced to Cora, a girl who was a mermaid through her door, and has returned to the normal world with blue and green hair. I was very surprised to see Sumi again, a girl who was murdered in the first book.
I loved how this novel was different from the first- in the fact that we got to travel to two different worlds in search of Sumi. I was happy to see Nancy again, in her natural environment. Confection reminded me too much of Sugar Rush from Wreck It Ralph (perhaps where McGuire got the idea?) and a world based on Nonsense really does nothing for me. Otherwise, this was an excellent addition to the Wayward Children series. I will certainly continue reading them as they are released, and hoping that more and more children find their doors.

kirstd31 Apr 02, 2018

I loved this book. The series is so amazing. The author makes the impossible possible.

Mar 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this latest instalment but I found it a bit too short. The story finishes almost too quickly with many things resolved (and some not). And now the wait for the next episode begins!! The worlds the author has created feel so real that you find yourself wondering what is going on there once the storyline has moved on to another location....

Mar 17, 2018

I love this series! Beautiful and quirky.

Jan 22, 2018

The third installment to the Wayward Children series shows how the series is building and getting better with each book. I really enjoyed all the characters and even though it is a short novella, I thought everything was flushed out and detailed. Woot woot. It will be interesting to see where the parallel time shifts go in the next book.


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