Book Reviews

When You Trap a Tiger Book Poster Image
age 8+
Superb family tale of loss has mystery, folklore, sadness.
By Tae Keller
(2020)
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Root Magic Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Girl discovers her power in tender fantasy novel.
By Eden Royce
(2021)
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Amari and the Night Brothers Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl finds her magic in fun fantasy full of surprises.
By B.B. Alston
(2021)
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The Smartest Kid in the Universe, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lively middle-school adventure celebrates knowing stuff.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2020)
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The Dragon Thief: Dragons in a Bag, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Diverse tweens, magic in fast-moving, heart-filled sequel.
By Zetta Elliott
(2019)
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The Willoughbys Return Book Poster Image
age 8+
Darkly funny, fast read weaves together families with wit.
By Lois Lowry
(2020)
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Iggy Is Better Than Ever Book Poster Image
age 8+
Reckless boy doesn't learn lesson in funny, disastrous tale.
By Annie Barrows
(2020)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End Book Poster Image
age 8+
Greg's wilderness vacation is funny but predictable.
By Jeff Kinney
(2020)
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The War With Grandpa Book Poster Image
age 8+
War of wills tests a family in this funny classic.
By Robert Kimmel Smith
(1984)
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The Silver Arrow Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sister and brother steer magic train in whimsical fantasy.
By Lev Grossman
(2020)
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Dragons in a Bag, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.
By Zetta Elliott
(2018)
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Ways to Make Sunshine: Ryan Hart, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl meets challenges with pluck in charming family tale.
By Renée Watson
(2020)
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Black Brother, Black Brother Book Poster Image
age 8+
Boy challenges school bully in exciting sports story.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2020)
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The Deceivers: Graystone Secrets, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Likable tweens explore another world in intriguing thriller.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2020)
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The Best of Iggy Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny look at boy whose impulsive ideas get the best of him.
By Annie Barrows
(2020)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Book Poster Image
age 8+
Home improvement mishaps abound in funny 14th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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Silver Meadows Summer Book Poster Image
age 8+
Poignant story of Puerto Rican girl adapting to life in U.S.
By Emma Otheguy
(2019)
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Not If I Can Help It Book Poster Image
age 8+
Genuine kid voice wavers in tale of divorce and disability.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2019)
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Odd Gods Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny tale of misfit non-gods in Mt. Olympus middle school.
By David Slavin, Daniel Weitzman
(2019)
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Stargazing Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet friendship-themed graphic novel has a medical scare.
By Jen Wang
(2019)
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