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)
age 9+
Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.
By Victoria Schwab
(2015)
age 11+
Illustrated witchy, monstery tale offers goofy/creepy fun.
By Tania Del Rio
(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 10+
Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy-like hero.
By Rick Riordan
(2015)
age 12+
Second fun, supernatural mystery has larger dose of fantasy.
By William Ritter
(2015)
age 10+
Gritty high-seas historical fantasy mixes danger and magic.
By Barry Wolverton
(2015)
age 8+
Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
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age 8+
Fun, funny graphic novel promotes programming.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2015)
age 11+
Final Discworld novel hits the mark with rich fantasy.
By Terry Pratchett
(2015)
age 9+
Wand magic at the forefront of action-packed sequel.
By David Baldacci
(2015)
age 9+
Hasty setup, exciting finish in magic-school sequel.
By Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
(2015)

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