Book Reviews

The Honest Truth Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Boy with cancer runs away to climb mountain in moving tale.
By Dan Gemeinhart
(2015)
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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 Apothecary, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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Hex Hall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Enchanting book about witty teen witch at reform school.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
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The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2006)
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Inkdeath: Inkheart Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Trilogy conclusion satisfies; not as dark as previous book.
By Cornelia Funke
(2008)
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Hatchet Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(1987)
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Inkspell: Inkheart Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Overlong but often exciting sequel, darker than first book.
By Cornelia Funke
(2005)
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(2000)
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The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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