Book Reviews

Maximum Ride 3: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports Book Poster Image
age 12+
Flabby finale to senseless yet exciting series.
By James Patterson
(2007)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hitchhiker's Guide Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
The acme of British science-fiction humor.
By Douglas Adams
(2005)
Many Waters Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Kids are pulled into epic good vs. evil struggle.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1986)
Ender's Game Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
The Goodness Gene Book Poster Image
age 12+
A poor take on evil future government.
By Sonia Levitin
(2005)
Life as We Knew It Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping, terrifying disaster tale will inspire discussions.
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
(2006)
Maximum Ride 2: School's Out -- Forever Book Poster Image
age 12+
Adventure continues with same lack of plot.
By James Patterson
(2006)
The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
Things That Are Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Great author misses the mark with invisibility tale.
By Andrew Clements
(2008)
Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sequel just as gripping -- and brutal -- as the first.
By Suzanne Collins
(2009)
The Hunchback Assignments Book Poster Image
age 12+
Horror mystery is too dark for most kids' tastes.
By Arthur Slade
(2009)
Leviathan Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2009)
Stuck on Earth Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Older kids will relate to sci-fi fantasy about misfit teen.
By David Klass
(2010)
Mockingjay: The Hunger Games, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting, dramatic -- and bloody -- sci-fi trilogy finale.
By Suzanne Collins
(2010)
Behemoth: Leviathan Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sci-fi stand-out with high adventure, great characters.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2010)
I Am Number Four Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Super-powered fugitive alien finds high school romance.
By Pittacus Lore
(2010)
Pretties: Uglies Quartet, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sci-fi series sequel less fresh but still discussion-worthy.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2005)
Specials: Uglies Quartet, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Popular sci-fi series bounces back with action, depth.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
Extras: Uglies Quartet, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 12+
A great way to discuss fame and tech obsessions with teens.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2007)
Goliath: Leviathan Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
High-flying end to smart, inventive sci-fi series.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2011)

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