Book Reviews

A Whale of the Wild Book Poster Image
age 9+
Young orca must grow up fast in exciting nature story.
By Rosanne Parry
(2020)
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Midnight Sun Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Same Twilight story, but from Edward's brooding perspective.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2020)
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A Wolf Called Wander Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting, vivid fictionalized autobiography of famed wolf.
By Rosanne Parry
(2019)
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Aru Shah and the Song of Death: Pandava, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Quirky main characters pep up this Indian myth quest tale.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2019)
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Willa of the Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed, violent, absorbing, heartfelt fantasy.
By Robert Beatty
(2018)
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Elementals: Ice Wolves Book Poster Image
age 9+
Shapeshifting twins tale slow to wow; series has potential.
By Amie Kaufman
(2018)
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Beast of Stone: Wing & Claw, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Animal series finale satisfies with many solid messages.
By Linda Sue Park
(2018)
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The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed but scattered tale of magic talking animals.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2018)
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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Book Poster Image
age 13+
Deliciously dark, illustrated Grisha world fairy tales.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2017)
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The Battlemage: Summoner, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
High-action demon battles thrill in trilogy finale.
By Taran Matharu
(2017)
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Hunted Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Strong hunter-girl Beauty takes on Beast in this retelling.
By Meagan Spooner
(2017)
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Cavern of Secrets: Wing & Claw, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Well-paced animal-rescue sequel with admirable hero.
By Linda Sue Park
(2017)
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The Bronze Key: Magisterium, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Uneven magic-school threequel ends with jarring surprises.
By Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
(2016)
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Forest of Wonders: Wing & Claw, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Talking beasts, bright kids pep up fantasy series start.
By Linda Sue Park
(2016)
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Broken Ground: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.
By Victoria Schwab
(2015)
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There Will Be Lies Book Poster Image
age 13+
Deaf teen learns scary truths in suspenseful thriller.
By Nick Lake
(2015)
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The Zoo at the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bullied kid talks with animals in colonial fantasy tale.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2014)
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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles Book Poster Image
age 9+
Short, funny poems a sure bet to delight kids.
By Douglas Florian
(2014)
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Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Satisfying end to highly original, whimsical fantasy.
By Colin Meloy
(2014)
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The Witch's Curse Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brother and sister dodge more evil in funny, scary sequel.
By Keith McGowan
(2013)
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