Book Reviews

Tua and the Elephant Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant.
By R.P. Harris
(2012)
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Olivia Bean Trivia Queen Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun story of tween girl getting her shot on Jeopardy!
By Donna Gephart
(2012)
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Earthling! Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Wacky space adventure for sci-fi comics fans.
By Mark Fearing
(2012)
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The Jungle Book Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Mowgli and more in timeless, suspenseful tales.
By Rudyard Kipling
(1894)
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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)
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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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About Average Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring story of sixth grader solving her bully problem.
By Andrew Clements
(2012)
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
age 8+
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
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Penelope Crumb Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.
By Shawn K. Stout
(2012)
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Of Giants and Ice: The Ever Afters, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Derivative but fun fairy-tale adventure.
By Shelby Bach
(2012)
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Always October Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Scary, fast-paced monster tale lacks character development.
By Bruce Coville
(2012)
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Gustav Gloom and the People Taker Book Poster Image
age 8+
Humorously spooky tale of making new, weird friends.
By Adam-Troy Castro
(2012)
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Survivors: The Empty City Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting start to dog fantasy series.
By Erin Hunter
(2012)
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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)
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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
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Missing on Superstition Mountain Book Poster Image
age 8+
Suspenseful series opener leaves much unresolved for sequel.
By Elise Broach
(2011)
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Mary Poppins Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Delightful tale of nanny who brings order, magic to family.
By P.L. Travers
(1934)
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On the Road to Mr. Mineo's Book Poster Image
age 8+
Leisurely small-town comedy of homing pigeon on the lam.
By Barbara O'Connor
(2012)
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Book Poster Image
age 8+
Well-intentioned tale of floating boy celebrates diversity.
By John Boyne
(2013)
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Escape From Hat Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever epic of heroic rabbits vs. evil black cats.
By Adam Kline
(2012)
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