Book Reviews

age 8+
 
Victorian fantasy a creepy, fun read for ghost-story fans.
By Emma Trevayne
(2015)
age 10+
 
Twins and friends fight magic villains in exciting sequel.
By Chris Colfer
(2015)
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age 12+
 
Strong (but long) sequel about book characters come to life.
By Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
(2015)
age 14+
 
Satisfying fantasy romance full of political intrigue.
By Mary E. Pearson
(2015)
age 8+
 
Uproarious princess adventure is clever, sarcastic, zany.
By Sarah Courtauld
(2015)
age 10+
 
Slapstick, sweetness, sorrow in epic fairy-tale-world saga.
By Chris Colfer
(2014)
age 13+
 
Princess must choose prince in fun, fast-paced sequel.
By Kiera Cass
(2015)
age 8+
 
Fewer thrills, more relationship focus in this installment.
By E.D. Baker
(2015)
age 10+
 
Tale of Disney villains' kids has cliché plot, characters.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2015)
age 9+
 
Exciting high-tech turn for the wordy series.
By Brandon Mull
(2015)
age 13+
 
More palace intrigue, less war in winning sequel.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2015)
age 10+
 
Thrilling series conclusion spotlights value of education.
By Shannon Hale
(2015)
age 13+
 
Romantic fantasy has strong writing, weak heroine.
By Melinda Salisbury
(2015)
age 8+
 
Villains, dragons, prince meet middle school in fun romp.
By Laurie McKay
(2015)
age 10+
 
Exciting adventure pits Heron crew against cult assassins.
By John Flanagan
(2014)
age 9+
 
Slow storytelling in an intriguing fantasy realm.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
age 9+
 
Spin-off with brave girl best for loyal Septimus Heap fans.
By Angie Sage
(2014)
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age 16+
 
No sugar plum fairies in fevered, violent Nutcracker tale.
By Claire Legrand
(2014)
age 10+
 
Satisfying finale to magical adventure-girl series.
By Barbara Mariconda
(2014)
age 12+
 
Bandits and faeries mix in rollicking fantasy series debut.
By Ben Tripp
(2014)

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