Book Reviews

Storybound Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Hugely inventive story of kids in peril in fairy-tale world.
By Marissa Burt
(2012)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle Book Poster Image
age 8+
Wacky, gripping sequel has slapstick, swordplay, sweetness.
By Christopher Healy
(2013)
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Fortunately, the Milk Book Poster Image
age 8+
Absurd time-and-space-spanning romp an easy, funny read.
By Neil Gaiman
(2013)
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The Map to Everywhere Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling fantasy series opener makes a great read-aloud.
By Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
(2014)
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Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles: Fish Finelli, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Bright, likable boy anchors fun seaside mystery adventure.
By E.S. Farber
(2014)
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Finding Serendipity Book Poster Image
age 8+
Bold girl dives into author mom's story in wild romp.
By Angelica Banks
(2015)
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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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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King: Mighty Jack, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling end hints at more adventures for brave friends.
By Ben Hatke
(2017)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
age 8+
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
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Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm Book Poster Image
age 8+
Favorite tales get grim, gothic treatment and stylish art.
By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
(2016)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
age 8+
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(1900)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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Here Be Monsters! The Ratbridge Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Friendly monsters help boy in quirky, wildly whimsical tale.
By Alan Snow
(2006)
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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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Unlucky Charms: The Cold Cereal Saga, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
More magic and mayhem as comic Cold Cereal epic continues.
By Adam Rex
(2013)
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Story's End Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Storybound sequel has brave kids, cosmic battle.
By Marissa Burt
(2013)
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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fractured fairy tale will charm and delight young readers.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2013)
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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Book Poster Image
age 8+
Timid girl becomes hero in brisk "Snow Queen" update.
By Karen Foxlee
(2014)
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