Book Reviews

Saving the Whole Wide World: Hilo, Book 2: Book Poster Image
age 8+
Alien robot fights alien invasion in fun page-turner.
By Judd Winick
(2016)
Spirit Week Showdown: Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Layered, fun romp focuses on friendship and trust.
By Crystal Allen
(2015)
Under Their Skin, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thought-provoking sci-fi saga has riveting twists.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2016)
Firefly Hollow Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet, poignant tale of loss, friendship, following dreams.
By Alison McGhee
(2015)
Ruby on the Outside Book Poster Image
age 8+
Honest, affecting story of fifth-grader with mom in prison.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2015)
The Imaginary Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
Friendship Over: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
Big Nate Lives It Up: Big Nate, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
Searching for Super Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thinner story, less character depth in action-packed sequel.
By Marion Jensen
(2015)
Smek for President!: The Smek Smeries, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl blasts off to alien moon in wacky, wise sci-fi sequel.
By Adam Rex
(2015)
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)
Absolutely Almost Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea Book Poster Image
age 8+
Warm story of science-lover learning to be a good friend.
By Anna Humphrey
(2013)
Elvis and the Underdogs Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lighthearted story of sickly kid helped by huge talking dog.
By Jenny Lee
(2013)
The Ultra Violets Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fast-paced girl-power confection made for superhero fans.
By Sophie Bell
(2013)
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adaptation of sci-fi favorite a little murky visually.
By Jeanne DuPrau, Dallas Middaugh
(2012)
Prairie Evers Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
Earthling! Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Wacky space adventure for sci-fi comics fans.
By Mark Fearing
(2012)
Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun story shows that inclusion is better than exclusion.
By Stephanie Barden
(2012)
Zombie Mommy Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Humor and horror mix in fun, fast-paced series installment.
By M.T. Anderson
(2011)

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