Book Reviews

A Crack in the Sea Book Poster Image
age 10+
Unusual mix of history and fantasy makes an engrossing read.
By H. M. Bouwman
(2017)
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The Midnight Star: The Young Elites, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Superior epic fantasy finale builds to exciting showdown.
By Marie Lu
(2016)
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Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adventurous princess does the rescuing in fun graphic novel.
By Ursula Vernon
(2016)
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The Battle of Hackham Heath: Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
More excitement and battle violence as series hits stride.
By John Flanagan
(2016)
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Goldenhand: Old Kingdom, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting entry in magic series brings back fave characters.
By Garth Nix
(2016)
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Heartless Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.
By Marissa Meyer
(2016)
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Aerie:  Magonia Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Slightly darker fantasy sequel ramps up the tension.
By Maria Dahvana Headley
(2016)
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Impyrium Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Epic, magical fantasy like a "Game of Thrones" for tweens.
By Henry H. Neff
(2016)
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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure Book Poster Image
age 8+
Reboot of classic series preserves original's charm.
By Ann M. Martin, Annie Parnell
(2016)
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Woman finds silly cures for bad behavior in whimsical tales.
By Betty MacDonald
(1947)
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Ghosts Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Three Dark Crowns Book Poster Image
age 14+
Thrilling but very dark tale of murderous triplet queens.
By Kendare Blake
(2016)
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The Beauty of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Strong characters make this overlong finale satisfying.
By Mary E. Pearson
(2016)
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A Torch Against the Night: An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Riveting fantasy sequel is a thought-provoking teen read.
By Sabaa Tahir
(2016)
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The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy: Pennyroyal Academy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Lessons, magic, gore in exciting princess-school sequel.
By M.A. Larson
(2016)
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An Author's Odyssey: The Land of Stories, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Pirates, space aliens, mummies add to mishmash mayhem.
By Chris Colfer
(2016)
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Snow Like Ashes: Snow Like Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Compelling fantasy world has some storytelling hiccups.
By Sara Raasch
(2014)
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Return to the Isle of the Lost: Descendants, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun villain-kids romp packed with positive messages.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2016)
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The Crown: The Selection, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fantasy-romance installment ramps up the palace intrigue.
By Kiera Cass
(2016)
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The Shadow Queen: Ravenspire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Magic, dragons, and romance bolster mildly flawed fantasy.
By C. J. Redwine
(2016)
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