Book Reviews

Emmaline and the Bunny Book Poster Image
age 7+
Engaging bunny tale with clever wordplay, lovely artwork.
By Katherine Hannigan
(2009)
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Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Twilight lookalike with more sex and profanity.
By Alyson Noel
(2009)
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City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Exciting, violent series cycle concludes with a bang.
By Cassandra Clare
(2009)
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The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting myth-based series continues.
By Rick Riordan
(2006)
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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2009)
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Lyonesse, Book 1: The Well Between the Worlds Book Poster Image
age 10+
Brilliant, exciting industrial/Arthurian mashup.
By Sam Llewellyn
(2009)
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BC Mambo: Stone Rabbit, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lots of action, thin plot in wacky graphic novel.
By Erik Craddock
(2009)
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100 Cupboards: The 100 Cupboards, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Brilliant idea. Flawed execution. Exciting anyway.
By N. D. Wilson
(2007)
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The Way of the Warrior: Young Samurai, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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Weedflower Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
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Deeper: Tunnels Series, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Grim, gritty, and violent, but undeniably exciting.
By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
(2009)
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Tunnels: Tunnels Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Slow-starting, dark, violent, exciting adventure.
By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
(2007)
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Gothic Lolita Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark novel tries too hard to be deep and complicated.
By Dakota Lane
(2008)
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Guardian Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)
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The Last of the High Kings Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel wanders but ultimately satisfies.
By Kate Thompson
(2008)
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Bones of Faerie Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Intriguing combination of magic and apocalypse.
By Janni Lee Simner
(2009)
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Book Poster Image
age 11+
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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Monster Hunters: Nightmare Academy: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Familiar and predictable but lots of fun.
By Dean Lorey
(2008)
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Savvy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Newbery Honor Book is moving and thought-provoking.
By Ingrid Law
(2008)
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Bog Child Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
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