Book Reviews

A Swiftly Tilting Planet Book Poster Image
age 9+
A teenager saves the world from destruction.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1978)
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Book Poster Image
age 9+
A tale that can make a grown-up giggle too.
By Bruce Hale
(2001)
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids will be eager to complete unfinished tales.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(1984)
Chasing Vermeer Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A mystery, fantasy, and imaginative launch pad.
By Blue Balliett
(2004)
The Last Treasure Book Poster Image
age 9+
A ghost, a family mystery, and treasure.
By Janet S. Anderson
(2004)
The Wright 3 Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Clever kids save historic house in tepid sequel.
By Blue Balliett
(2006)
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn Book Poster Image
age 9+
Historical details add depth to gripping mystery.
By Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
(2006)
The Hidden Staircase: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories No. 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Predictable yet appealing Nancy Drew classic.
By Carolyn Keene
(1930)
Nancy Drew, Girl Detective #8: Global Warning Book Poster Image
age 9+
Great art, but graphic novel lacks thrills.
By Stefan Petrucha
(2007)
The Name of This Book Is Secret Book Poster Image
age 9+
Mild mystery tries too hard to be Lemony Snicket.
By Pseudonymous Bosch
(2007)
The Egypt Game Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(1985)
The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
The Witches of Worm Book Poster Image
age 9+
Newbery Honor-ed tale not for scaredy cats.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(1986)
The London Eye Mystery Book Poster Image
age 9+
Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
Eleven Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant tale of dyslexic boy seeking clues to his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Book Poster Image
age 9+
Positive lessons, but more danger than 1st book.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2008)
The Calder Game Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Third in the series is the weakest of all.
By Blue Balliett
(2008)
The Gollywhopper Games Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful, high-stakes contest of puzzles.
By Jody Feldman
(2008)
The Postcard Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Unlikely but pleasant mystery with noir overtones.
By Tony Abbott
(2008)
Billy Bones: Tales from the Secrets Closet Book Poster Image
age 9+
Playfully spooky, cool, and full of imagination.
By Christopher Lincoln
(2008)

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