Book Reviews

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)
Mothman's Curse Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Engrossing, fast-paced sci-fi/fantasy has haunting dilemmas.
By Christine Hayes
(2015)
Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Multiethnic superhero saga reaches explosive conclusion.
By Eric Dean Seaton
(2015)
Mars Evacuees Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Fun, fresh sci-fi adventure has touching message of empathy.
By Sophia McDougall
(2015)
Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Diverse superhero saga ups ante with mystical villains.
By Eric Dean Seaton
(2014)
The Jupiter Pirates, Book 2: Curse of the Iris Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun space-pirate sequel adds complexity.
By Jason Fry
(2014)
The Meaning of Maggie Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
Game Over, Pete Watson Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sci-fi/spy adventure delivers a fast-paced, if silly, plot.
By Joe Schreiber
(2014)
The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra Book Poster Image
age 9+
Space-pirate sibling series ideal for Star Wars-crazed kids.
By Jason Fry
(2013)
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(2012)
Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Gripping multimedia time-travel adventure series debut.
By James Dashner
(2012)
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman Book Poster Image
age 9+
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a NOT-SO-Popular Party Girl Book Poster Image
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a NOT-SO-Fabulous Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2010)
Violet in Bloom: A Flower Power Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
The Doom Machine Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Fun characters pepper save-the-world-from-aliens adventure.
By Mark Teague
(2009)
Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
The Diamond of Darkhold Book Poster Image
age 9+
Series finale goes back to adventure.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2008)
Found: The Missing, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Time-travel series start is suspenseful.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2008)

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