Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 9+
 
One of the best of the post-Potter fantasies.
By Suzanne Collins
(2005)
age 9+
 
Classic fantasy is a bit slow, but enthralling.
By Susan Cooper
(1973)
age 11+
 
Beautiful classic filled with magic and realism.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(1911)
age 12+
 
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
age 8+
 
A lively, universal story of unlikely friendships.
By Dick King-Smith
(1985)
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age 9+
 
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
age 7+
 
Heartless toy finds love in a cruel world.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2006)
age 10+
 
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(1998)
age 6+
 
Gorgeous classic in flawed new translation.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1943)
age 10+
 
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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age 17+
 
Intense, award-winning fairy tale for mature readers only.
By Margo Lanagan
(2008)
age 10+
 
Fantasy series' excellent conclusion ups the violence.
By Rick Riordan
(2009)
age 15+
 
Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2010)
age 14+
 
White Cat sequel is more mature, more fun.
By Holly Black
(2011)
age 13+
 
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Brilliant tale of girl's enchanted-woods search for friend.
By Anne Ursu
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Devilish comic adventure in hell mixes physics, philosophy.
By John Connolly
(2011)
age 12+
 
Clever fantasy adventure a great choice for middle graders.
By Bill Willingham
(2011)

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