Book Reviews

Not Just a Witch Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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All-American Girl Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marred by a pat ending, but an enjoyable romp.
By Meg Cabot
(2003)
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The Tears of the Salamander Book Poster Image
age 10+
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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The Thief Lord Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(2003)
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A Treasure's Trove Book Poster Image
age 7+
Mediocre story with brilliant marketing.
By Michael Stadther
(2006)
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The Slippery Slope: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Witty story, exciting adventure keeps kids reading.
By Lemony Snicket
(2003)
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The Wish List Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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The Folk Keeper Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Lyrical and exciting novel with strong heroine.
By Franny Billingsley
(2003)
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Wizard's Holiday Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Leisurely, humorous installment in series.
By Diane Duane
(2004)
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Dreamquake Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Like dreams, lauded book is confusing, ethereal.
By Elizabeth Kox
(2007)
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Inkheart Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Lengthy but rich fantasy great for book-loving tweens.
By Cornelia Funke
(2004)
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The Great Good Thing Book Poster Image
age 8+
Great for kids who love books.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
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Into the Labyrinth Book Poster Image
age 8+
OK, but not as good as The Great Good Thing.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
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Beyond the Deepwoods: The Edge Chronicles #1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Weird creatures and nonstop action.
By Paul Stewart
(2004)
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Angela and Diabola Book Poster Image
age 9+
The humor is as wicked as the evil twin.
By Lynne Reid Banks
(2004)
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The Prophecy of the Stones Book Poster Image
age 10+
Reads like what it is: a 14-year-old's writing.
By Flavia Bujor
(2004)
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A Hat Full of Sky Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel is strong, but slower than its predecessor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2004)
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