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Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky

Book - 2018
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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 : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765393586
Call Number: SF MCGUIRE
Characteristics: 174 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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LCPL_Krystyna May 19, 2021

Oh my goodness it was such a fun read! I LOVED this book! The writing is gorgeous. The worlds in these books are amazing and fantastical, especially this one. You learn so much more about the original characters in this book. It was definitely a very fun read and I cannot recommend this book and this series enough. Please give it a read if you haven't already. It is definitely worth it!

I think I found this one a little bit harder to connect to just because of the world it spends the most time in. I did not have the patience for Confection; candy everything, relative distances, nonsense words - it all just doesn't appeal to me. However, this one is full of diverse characters and just as much heart as its predecessors.

Feb 25, 2021

I’m not at all sure what to make of this book. I think it’s an Enya kind of thing and I’ll quietly put it back on the shelf.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 26, 2021

I didn't enjoy this third book in the Wayward Children series as much as I enjoyed the first two but it was still really good and I still can't wait to continue with the series.

So far, I think this is my least favourite of this series, but it's still a solid 4 star read. I love that we get to experience all of these different worlds; I don't know what I expected when I started this series, but it just keeps surprising me.

Even at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, it's not every day that girls fall from the sky. When Rini does just that, making a splash into the turtle pond, Cora, Nadya, Kade, and Christopher set off to help her find her mother. They need to save both her Nonsense world of Confection and Rini herself, who is slowly fading out of existence.

I think I found this one a little bit harder to connect to just because of the world it spends the most time in. I absolutely adored Jack and Jill's Moors in book two, and I guess this just proves that my door would lead me somewhere dark and twisted, because I did not have the patience for Confection. Candy everything, relative distances, nonsense words - it all just doesn't appeal to me in any way. It's fascinating to see one of these Nonsense worlds though, because it's such a contrast to the other worlds we've experienced in Seanan's series so far.

As with the other books, though, one massive strength of this one is its diversity in terms of characters. There is representation of trans characters, fat characters, characters of all sorts of religious and ethnic backgrounds, and it's refreshing to find a series where nothing is taken for granted. You never assume whiteness in these books, and I really adore that part of them. And in this one, a lot of Cora's struggles with weight and what the world tells her she should think of herself just hit way too close to home. I really really enjoyed her as a protagonist.

Plot-wise, I struggled a bit more with this one too because of that Nonsense element. I couldn't figure out how we were going to save this world and save Rini, and even as it became clearer, nothing was fitting together in my head. It made for somewhat of a stressful reading experience, and it definitely kept me turning pages, but there is something about this kind of illogical quest that I'm not the hugest fan of.

Like I said, I think this is my least fave so far in the Wayward Children series. I think I'd rate it closer to 3.5 just for my own specific taste preferences, but I just love the way Seanan writes, and how intricate and detailed each of these worlds is. I love learning how they all fit together and how the chart of Logic, Reason, Nonsense, etc. all fits together. So I'm going to keep it at 4, because this series is truly amazing and I know this one not quite hitting the mark for me is simply a matter of personal preference.

Mar 09, 2020

Another great book by this author. She brings the aspect of body image in with one of the characters and I really enjoyed that because it is something that I have struggled with.

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.

Nov 08, 2018

Nominee for GoodReads' Best Reads 2018 : Best Fantasy.

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!

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But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobe, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor's edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 26, 2021

There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.

Apr 07, 2020

“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible."

Apr 01, 2018

“Sometimes that’s all you can do. Just keep getting through until you don’t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is.”

Apr 01, 2018

“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it, if we never stop denying it the door.”

Apr 01, 2018

“Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious.”

Apr 01, 2018

“Grave robbing was still viewed as socially inappropriate, and doing it when the sun was up was generally viewed as unwise.”


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