3 Reasons To Read… Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

3 Reasons to Read...Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week one of our selections is Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…
3 Reasons To Read… Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthyOnce and Future by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy
Series: Once and Future #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 3/5/2019
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Sci-Fi
Pages: 336
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I’ve been chased my whole life. As an illegal immigrant in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.


3 Reasons You Should Read…

Once and Future
by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy


  • A sci-fi retelling of King Arthur? Sign us up. Wait. A sci-fi retelling of King Arthur where King Arthur is a GIRL?! Oh, yeah. We were in the moment we read that summary.
  • The thing we liked most about this one was without a doubt the characters. It’s a fully inclusive group and filled with so much diversity. It’s safe to say there’s someone for everyone within these pages.
  • If you’re in the market for a YA retelling filled with diverse characters that you will want to tear through quickly but still want more of at the end- Once and Future should be on your list.


About Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta studied theater at the Stella Adler Studio as a teenager before spending four years in a Shakespeare troupe. Echo After Echo is her first book with Candlewick Press. Amy Rose Capetta lives in Michigan.


About Cori McCarthy

Cori McCarthy

Cori McCarthy is the author of six young adult books, four released and two on the way, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction picture book about Kahlil Gibran. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who resides in New England and spends most of their time playing guitar, reading poetry, and raising their son. Like many of their characters, they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Cori started writing at the age of thirteen. After earning a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry, they completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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