Book Reviews

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age 6+
 
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(1969)
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age 7+
 
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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age 10+
 
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 9+
 
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
age 8+
 
Lots of action, thin plot in wacky graphic novel.
By Erik Craddock
(2009)
age 8+
 
Engaging story is great for reluctant readers.
By Cressida Cowell
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Girl tangles with magical objects in suspenseful fantasy.
By Polly Shulman
(2010)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 10+
 
Superb stories by top authors spring from surreal images.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2011)
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age 13+
 
Fast-paced YA thriller from "suburban noir" pro.
By Harlan Coben
(2011)
age 10+
 
Series-starting adventure shows a darker Magic Kingdom.
By Ridley Pearson
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Entertaining but violent series weaves fantasy with history.
By D. J. MacHale
(2002)
age 14+
 
Masterful murder mystery takes dark view of justice.
By Agatha Christie
(1939)
age 9+
 
Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
By Jacqueline West
(2010)
age 9+
 
Second book in popular series is even more spine-tingling.
By Jacqueline West
(2011)
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age 8+
 
Great premise overcomes an excess of clever embellishments.
By Lizzie K. Foley
(2012)
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age 12+
 
Psychological thriller about ex-assassin proves unsettling.
By Chris Lynch
(2012)
age 9+
 
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
age 12+
 
Exciting series gets personal with Boone accused of theft.
By John Grisham
(2012)

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