Book Reviews

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Book Poster Image
age 7+
Final Zita graphic novel with more peril, great role model.
By Ben Hatke
(2014)
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Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service Book Poster Image
age 8+
Frail boy and huge talking dog reunite in D.C. adventure.
By Jenny Lee
(2014)
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The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez Book Poster Image
age 8+
Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
By Peter Johnson
(2014)
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Operation Fireball: Fish Finelli, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Clever underdog sparkles in winning adventure.
By E.S. Farber
(2014)
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The Nerdy Dozen, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spy-kid series kicks off with goofy plot, high-tech fun.
By Jeff Miller
(2014)
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Absolutely Almost Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight Book Poster Image
age 7+
Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.
By Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer
(2014)
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The Castle Behind Thorns Book Poster Image
age 8+
Delightful, gentle fantasy stresses power of forgiveness.
By Merrie Haskell
(2014)
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The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl suspects a Communist in her midst in McCarthy-era tale.
By Megan Frazer Blakemore
(2014)
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The Storm Tower Thief: The Lightning Catcher, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kids fight dangerous weather in too-mild fantasy sequel.
By Anne Cameron
(2014)
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Fly Away Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Warm, poetic family story shows sweet sibling relationship.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2014)
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The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet, silly, swashbuckling end to fairy-tale saga.
By Christopher Healy
(2014)
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The Islands of Chaldea Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating fantasy has strong heroine with magical powers.
By Diana Wynne Jones
(2014)
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Dreamer, Wisher, Liar Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, heartfelt summer tale of time-traveling tween.
By Charise Mericle Harper
(2014)
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Blood Ties: Spirit Animals, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Multiplatform fantasy series ups the battle violence.
By Garth Nix, Sean Williams
(2014)
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The Secret of Ferrell Savage Book Poster Image
age 8+
Silly, fast-moving story of sleds and family secrets.
By J. Duddy Gill
(2014)
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The Quirks in Circus Quirkus: The Quirks, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thinly stretched plot takes air out of fun idea.
By Erin Soderberg
(2014)
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Outside the Box Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
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Under the Egg Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Plucky heroine uncovers stolen painting in engaging mystery.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2014)
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29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy Book Poster Image
age 7+
Open-ended mystery gets kids thinking about the unexplained.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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