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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GUEST BLOG: 5 Classic Children's Books that Every Adult Should Read by Amy Ewing (The Black Key Book Tour)

Today, Fantasy Book Critic is excited to take part in The Black Key Blog Tour presented in partnership with Rockstar Book Tours. We welcome author Amy Ewing to our blog to talk about the five books that every adult should read. 

Before we get to the guest blog, I'd like to share more about the upcoming novel The Black Key and the talented author behind the book. We also have a link to a giveaway for you to enter. You get a chance to win a copy of The Black key! 

The Black Key is the third book in the YA dystopian series The Lone City by Amy Ewing. The Lone City Series included the novels The Jewel and The White Rose.

Author: Amy Ewing
Pub. Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

Of course, stop by other blogs that were a part of The Black Key Book Tour to learn more about the series, read some amazing guest blog posts, and learn more about Amy herself. 

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/26/2016- The Cover ContessaInterview
9/27/2016- Once Upon a TwilightExcerpt
9/28/2016- Take Me Away To A Great ReadGuest Post
9/29/2016- Andi's ABCs10's Post
9/30/2016- A Dream Within A DreamInterview

Week Two:
10/3/2016- Lisa Loves Literature- Excerpt
10/4/2016- Literary MeanderingsGuest Post
10/5/2016- Fantasy Book Critic10's Post
10/6/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
10/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookExcerpt


5 Classic Children's Books that Every Adult Should Read by Amy Ewing

1. The BFG by Roald Dahl. Okay, this is my favorite book by my favorite author, so I might be a bit biased, but there are so many wonderful things about it. The BFG’s hilariously jumbled language (I can’t imagine trying to write a character who speaks the way he does), the subtle thread of environmentalism, the beautifully woven warnings of humanity’s pitfalls…Dahl is a master at presenting hard truth underneath his whimsical prose. 

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry. The original dystopian YA book, I remember the profound impact it had on me when I read it. The idea of no feelings, no color, a world devoid of so much, love replaced with order, lives determined by the age of twelve. Lowry created such a fascinating society, and you are really with Jonas as he discovers the dark side of it. And the Christmas memory will forever be one of my favorites in literature.   

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Technically more of a classic than a children’s book, but I read it as a child and loved seeing so many varied and strong women caring and supporting each other throughout the story. I think there is so much value in that—and Jo was such an inspiration, so feisty and fierce and brave. She still holds up today as a character I absolutely adore.  

4. The House at Pooh Corner. I mean, come on, Winnie the Pooh has some of the best lessons in literature delivered in a way that doesn’t feel preachy. And I will forever identify with Piglet and his anxiety. 

5. Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I have to give Tolkien a shout out because he was so influential to me becoming a fantasy writer. I love his world building and The Hobbit is (obviously) a great way to dip your toes into Middle Earth before diving into The Lord of the Rings. 

About Amy:
Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project and became her debut novel. She lives in New York City. You can visit Amy online at or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.

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