Book Reviews

Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(2012)
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The Whatnot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Half-faery siblings face cosmic battle in exciting sequel.
By Stefan Bachmann
(2013)
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Exile: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting sequel keeps momentum of telepathic elf-girl tale.
By Shannon Messenger
(2013)
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Lion: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting saga of magic, martial arts, bike racing continues.
By Jeff Stone
(2013)
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All's Faire in Middle School Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun graphic novel about Ren Faire girl has great messages.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2017)
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Right as Rain Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Pitch-perfect story about loss and change inspires hope.
By Lindsey Stoddard
(2019)
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The Crossover: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Graphic adaptation captures basketball's power, poetry.
By Kwame Alexander
(2019)
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Book Poster Image
age 9+
Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.
By Kadir Nelson
(2008)
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Artemis Fowl, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Witty and exciting series start with irresistible antihero.
By Eoin Colfer
(2001)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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The Peculiar Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Half-faery boy fights to save his sister in magical fantasy.
By Stefan Bachmann
(2012)
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror/action comedy has serious underpinnings.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2013)
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Pennyroyal Academy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brave kids, scary monsters, lessons galore in series debut.
By M.A. Larson
(2014)
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Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck Book Poster Image
age 9+
Rafe goes back to Hills Middle School in fun seventh book.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)
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Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, Beware the Power of the Dark Side! Book Poster Image
age 9+
Highly detailed, scene-by-scene retelling of the film.
By Tom Angleberger
(2015)
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Lost in the Sun Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Relatable, heartfelt tale of traumatized, angry 12-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2015)
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Red:  The True Story of Red Riding Hood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Strong heroine leads the adventure in fairy tale revamp.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2016)
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The Nameless City Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teens fight to save city in action-packed graphic novel.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2016)
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The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales Book Poster Image
age 9+
Retold classics provide origin story for blockbuster series.
By Chris Colfer
(2016)
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Dragon Bones: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Magical twin girls shine in this slow-starting story.
By Lisa McMann
(2018)
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