Book Reviews

age 9+
 
The violent "truth" behind Alice in Wonderland.
By Frank Beddor
(2006)
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age 10+
 
Fuzzy but intermittently exciting mystery.
By Matthew Skelton
(2006)
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age 10+
 
Great idea, weak execution for upper elementary.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Boys create a golem in this odd but provoking book.
By David Almond
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Wooden boy seeks family in sprawling adventure.
By Cat Weatherill
(2006)
age 10+
 
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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age 7+
 
Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(1952)
age 8+
 
Mild but enjoyable fantasy good for middle grades.
By Jenny Nimmo
(2006)
age 6+
 
Gorgeous classic in flawed new translation.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1943)
age 11+
 
Slow but intriguing start to fantasy series.
By William Nicholson
(2006)
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age 6+
 
Silly classic is great read-aloud.
By Roald Dahl
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Abused kid gets otherworldly help; magical enough.
By Lois Lowry
(2006)
age 10+
 
Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.
By William Goldman
(1973)
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age 10+
 
Slow but rich book of fantasy, feuds for tweens.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
age 9+
 
Gory, unique story has mythic monsters as heroes.
By Tobias Druitt
(2006)
age 7+
 
Tiresome tales of misbehaving kids.
By Christianna Brand
(2006)
age 4+
 
Mild time-travel adventure.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
age 4+
 
Predictable -- choose other books in this series.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1993)
age 7+
 
Story of magical plane fails to take flight.
By Clive Cussler
(2006)
age 4+
 
Exciting time travel to Egypt.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1993)

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