Book Reviews

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Guardians of Ga'hoole Series Book Poster Image
age 9+
Great messages, heroic characters, just the right length.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2003)
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Finnikin of the Rock Book Poster Image
age 15+
Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2010)
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Need Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Good pick for teens who Need more Twilight.
By Carrie Jones
(2008)
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Captivate Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Need follow-up does captivate, but it's more violent.
By Carrie Jones
(2010)
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Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan Book Poster Image
age 11+
1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2006)
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Dreamdark Series Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Exciting faerie series with a fantastic tomboy heroine.
By Laini Taylor
(2007)
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Demonkeeper Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fast-paced adventure with an unexpected hero.
By Royce Buckingham
(2008)
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2009)
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Beautiful Creatures: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dreamy, lyrical supernatural Southern romance.
By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
(2010)
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Witch and Wizard Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Clever premise, but charmless, dark, and too violent.
By James Patterson
(2009)
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Fallen Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Fallen angels are the new, more charming vampires.
By Lauren Kate
(2009)
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Hush, Hush Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Angel-human romance not nearly as heavenly as the cover.
By Becca Fitzpatrick
(2009)
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Another Faust Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Great online marketing for not-so-great prep school tale.
By Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri
(2009)
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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood Book Poster Image
age 7+
An adequate sequel, but it misses the magic.
By David Benedictus
(2009)
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Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion Book Poster Image
age 12+
A whole lot more boy drama than teen psychic thriller.
By L. J. Smith
(2009)
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Ring of Fire: Century Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Meant to be "the Da Vinci Code for kids," and it delivers.
By Pierdomenico Baccalario
(2009)
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Fire Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Stellar fantasy heroine in mature action-adventure/romance.
By Kristin Cashore
(2009)
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Intertwined Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Harlequin Teen romance with too many fantasy plotlines.
By Gena Showalter
(2009)
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The Unfinished Angel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Charming and uplifting story is even great to read aloud.
By Sharon Creech
(2009)
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