Book Reviews

age 8+
Mystery and fantasy combine effectively.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(1994)
age 8+
Trip to enchanted world excites learning in kids' classic.
By Norton Juster
(1961)
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age 8+
Great premise overcomes an excess of clever embellishments.
By Lizzie K. Foley
(2012)
age 8+
Suspenseful series opener leaves much unresolved for sequel.
By Elise Broach
(2011)
age 8+
Action picks up in adventure-packed sequel.
By Elise Broach
(2013)
age 8+
Plot and jokes forced but harmless in detective parody.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2013)
age 8+
Funny, suspenseful tale of smart tween spy girl and friends.
By Kristen Kittscher
(2013)
age 8+
Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
age 8+
Action-packed zoo mystery has gross and graphic parts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2011)
age 8+
Intriguing tale of boy as detective after parents vanish.
By Cynthia Voigt
(2013)
age 8+
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer
(2013)
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age 8+
Plucky heroine uncovers stolen painting in engaging mystery.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2014)
age 8+
Engaging zoo sequel blends smarts, pranks, and animal facts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2014)
age 8+
Mildly entertaining tween mystery falls short in resolution.
By Heather Vogel Frederick
(2014)
age 8+
Action-packed sequel has more mystery and depth.
By Octavia Spencer
(2015)
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age 8+
Fun haunted-house romp has great heroine, sweet values.
By Jessica Lawson
(2015)
age 8+
Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.
By Robert Beatty
(2015)
age 8+
Trivia, puzzles, and books galore in zany library sequel.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
age 8+
Smart and funny sequel grapples with ethics of hunting.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2015)