Book Reviews

The Novice: Summoner, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teens train with demons for battle in exciting series start.
By Taran Matharu
(2015)
Half Lost: The Half Bad Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gory and too-quick ending for riveting witch series.
By Sally Green
(2016)
Forest of Wonders: Wing & Claw, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Talking beasts, bright kids pep up fantasy series start.
By Linda Sue Park
(2016)
Broken Ground: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.
By Victoria Schwab
(2015)
Immortal Guardians: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting -- and creepy -- start to spin-off fantasy series.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2015)
Half Wild: The Half Bad Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Mature, gory, riveting story of warring witches.
By Sally Green
(2015)
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)
Ferals Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Dark fantasy has chills, thrills, fresh take on superhero.
By Jacob Grey
(2015)
The Evertree: Spirit Animals, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Wrap-up of multimedia series is hasty but satisfying.
By Marie Lu
(2015)
Rise and Fall: Spirit Animals, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Action and surprises in best series installment so far.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2014)
Tarzan of the Apes Book Poster Image
age 11+
Original ape-man tale more violent, racist than the films.
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
(1912)
Fire and Ice: Spirit Animals, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Characters face loss, frostbite in exciting installment.
By Shannon Hale
(2014)
The Zoo at the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bullied kid talks with animals in colonial fantasy tale.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2014)
Blood Ties: Spirit Animals, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Multiplatform fantasy series ups the battle violence.
By Garth Nix, Sean Williams
(2014)
Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Satisfying end to highly original, whimsical fantasy.
By Colin Meloy
(2014)
Hunted: Spirit Animals, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Multiplatform series about magical beasts stays exciting.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2014)
Blythewood: The Blythewood Tales, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girl fights mythical beings in thrilling school fantasy.
By Carol Goodman
(2013)
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl Book Poster Image
age 14+
Intriguing tale of NYC teen guitarist turned werewolf.
By Emily Pohl-Weary
(2013)
The Witch's Curse Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brother and sister dodge more evil in funny, scary sequel.
By Keith McGowan
(2013)
Siege and Storm: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Shadow and Bone sequel steps up love triangle.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2013)

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