Book Reviews

age 12+
Magical fantasy a fine escape for fans.
By Sarah Fine
(2016)
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age 13+
Strong female leads navigate a confusing magic world.
By Susan Dennard
(2016)
age 8+
Fantasy with Norse gods lacks clarity.
By Jasmine Richards
(2015)
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age 14+
Mature themes explored in angsty end-of-the-world story.
By Shaun David Hutchinson
(2016)
age 9+
Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.
By Victoria Schwab
(2015)
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age 10+
Poignant sick-sibling tale blurs lines of real and imagined.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2015)
age 11+
Illustrated witchy, monstery tale offers goofy/creepy fun.
By Tania Del Rio
(2015)
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age 12+
Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.
By Edwidge Danticat
(2015)
age 8+
History, magic, foreign travel in exciting tween adventure.
By Lisa Papademetriou
(2015)
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age 14+
Clever but overlong tale of superpowered misfit teens.
By Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
(2015)
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age 12+
Solid standalone fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore.
By Richelle Mead
(2015)
age 8+
Magical, heartbreaking story about family and friendship.
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
(2015)
age 7+
Funny fantasy encourages problem-solving, resilience.
By Linda Urban
(2015)
age 10+
Slow start to prequel series with stalwart characters.
By John Flanagan
(2015)
age 13+
Violent volume ends gothic trilogy with epic battle, hope.
By Ransom Riggs
(2015)
age 8+
Laughs, life lessons in magical-misfit series start.
By Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins
(2015)
age 10+
Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy-like hero.
By Rick Riordan
(2015)
age 14+
Smart coming-of-age fantasy focuses on "regular" kids.
By Patrick Ness
(2015)
age 12+
Second fun, supernatural mystery has larger dose of fantasy.
By William Ritter
(2015)
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age 10+
Ghosts, romance, otherworldly connections in inventive tale.
By Polly Shulman
(2015)

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