Book Reviews

Ghosts Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Serafina and the Twisted Staff:  Serafina Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spooky mystery sequel keeps up thrills and chills.
By Robert Beatty
(2016)
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School of the Dead Book Poster Image
age 8+
Suspenseful, action-packed ghost story has mild scares.
By Avi
(2016)
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Return to the Isle of the Lost: Descendants, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun villain-kids romp packed with positive messages.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2016)
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Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling, time-traveling Old West fantasy adventure.
By N. D. Wilson
(2016)
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Rise of the Wolf:  Mark of the Thief, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Second in fantasy series keeps the action going strong.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2016)
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The Door by the Staircase Book Poster Image
age 8+
Orphan girl meets witch in exciting, imaginative tale.
By Katherine Marsh
(2016)
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The Secrets of Valhalla Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fantasy with Norse gods lacks clarity.
By Jasmine Richards
(2015)
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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic Book Poster Image
age 8+
History, magic, foreign travel in exciting tween adventure.
By Lisa Papademetriou
(2015)
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My Diary from the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical, heartbreaking story about family and friendship.
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
(2015)
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Upside-Down Magic Book Poster Image
age 8+
Laughs, life lessons in magical-misfit series start.
By Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins
(2015)
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
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Secret Coders Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun, funny graphic novel promotes programming.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2015)
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A Curious Tale of the In-Between Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kinda creepy, kinda sweet ghost story for big kids, tweens.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
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Immortal Guardians: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting -- and creepy -- start to spin-off fantasy series.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2015)
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The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden Book Poster Image
age 8+
Victorian fantasy a creepy, fun read for ghost-story fans.
By Emma Trevayne
(2015)
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Of Enemies and Endings: The Ever Afters, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Strong finish for modern, fast-paced fairy tale-fantasy.
By Shelby Bach
(2015)
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The Dungeoneers Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Smart, funny fantasy strong on characters' bond.
By John David Anderson
(2015)
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Into the Dorkness: Galaxy's Most Wanted, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Science-nerd tweens battle aliens in fast-paced, fun sequel.
By John Kloepfer
(2015)
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The Secrets of the Storm Vortex: The Lightning Catcher, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sequel stays highly imaginative but lacks momentum.
By Anne Cameron
(2015)
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