Book Reviews

Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
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The Bully Book: A Novel Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harsh realism makes novel about bullying painful to read.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2012)
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Curses! Foiled Again Book Poster Image
age 11+
Teen girl defends Faerie in lively graphic novel sequel.
By Jane Yolen
(2013)
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Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality Book Poster Image
age 11+
Exploration of beauty and pageants delivers mixed message.
By Elizabeth Eulberg
(2013)
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The House of the Scorpion Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle.
By Nancy Farmer
(2001)
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Hammer of Witches Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fairy-tale creatures come to life in so-so swashbuckler.
By Shana Mlawski
(2013)
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Belle Epoque Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.
By Elizabeth Ross
(2013)
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose's ties to Al Capone deepen in engaging sequel.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2009)
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Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose tries to protect his dad in exciting third in series.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2013)
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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant Book Poster Image
age 11+
Delightful romp has swashbuckling action, powerful female.
By Tony Cliff
(2013)
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Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thought-provoking, dystopian eco-adventure great for boys.
By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
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The Lord of Opium Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi sequel is gripping but can't top original.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
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The Finisher Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hunger Games, Potter fans will enjoy exciting fantasy.
By David Baldacci
(2014)
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Saving Lucas Biggs Book Poster Image
age 11+
Girl time-travels to save dad in thought-provoking story.
By Marisa de los Santos, David Teague
(2014)
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Four: A Divergent Collection Book Poster Image
age 11+
Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.
By Veronica Roth
(2014)
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The Swap Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Switching spell lets girl and boy see other's point of view.
By Megan Shull
(2014)
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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark but fun 1890 murder mystery has feminist message.
By Julie Berry
(2014)
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Burning Kingdoms:  The Internment Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Second, stronger installment focuses on characters.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
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The Whispering Trees: The Thickety, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Creepy sequel has violent clashes, ethical dilemmas.
By J.A. White
(2015)
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