Book Reviews

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
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The Sign of the Cat Book Poster Image
age 9+
Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
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Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting, funny, fractured fairy tale of boy vs. giants.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2015)
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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Book Poster Image
age 12+
Tragic Sabriel prequel slow to start but worth the wait.
By Garth Nix
(2014)
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The Map to Everywhere Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling fantasy series opener makes a great read-aloud.
By Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
(2014)
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Island of Legends: The Unwanteds, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Moral dilemmas abound in thrilling, imaginative sequel.
By Lisa McMann
(2014)
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Still Life: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Dark but delightful end to well-drawn fantasy series.
By Jacqueline West
(2014)
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Bite-Sized Magic: Bliss, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magic baker girl is kidnapped in fun, fast-moving sequel.
By Kathryn Littlewood
(2014)
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The Twistrose Key Book Poster Image
age 10+
Magical animal-afterlife adventures of a girl and her mouse.
By Tone Almhiell
(2013)
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Battle Magic Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Slow start to enchanting, magical battle adventure.
By Tamora Pierce
(2013)
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A Dash of Magic: Bliss, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Young cook battles wicked aunt in fun, Paris-set sequel.
By Kathryn Littlewood
(2013)
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Escape From Hat Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever epic of heroic rabbits vs. evil black cats.
By Adam Kline
(2012)
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Gustav Gloom and the People Taker Book Poster Image
age 8+
Humorously spooky tale of making new, weird friends.
By Adam-Troy Castro
(2012)
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The Familiars Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Magical animal adventures for kids not ready for Potter.
By Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
(2010)
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Mastiff: Beka Cooper, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Uneven finish to exciting but violent crime/fantasy trilogy.
By Tamora Pierce
(2011)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.
By Tamora Pierce
(2009)
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The Borrowers Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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Stuart Little Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(1969)
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