Book Reviews

James and the Giant Peach Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lonely boy's magical adventure still satisfies.
By Roald Dahl
(1961)
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The Night Circus Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Illusionists compete in dream-like literary romance.
By Erin Morgenstern
(2011)
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Liesl & Po Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Friendly ghost story has good premise but bogs down.
By Lauren Oliver
(2011)
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Bloodlines Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Vampire story with strong heroine explores prejudice.
By Richelle Mead
(2011)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Poster Image
age 13+
Eerie gothic fantasy a satisfying creep fest for teens.
By Ransom Riggs
(2011)
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
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Wolfsbane: Nightshade, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Steamy werewolf sequel ups the thrills, violence, and sex.
By Andrea Cremer
(2011)
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Nightshade, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gripping werewolf thriller explores lust more than love.
By Andrea Cremer
(2010)
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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Book Poster Image
age 4+
Exciting look at the fun (and fatigue) of being a superhero.
By Michael Chabon
(2011)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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Wildefire Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Violent myth-driven debut OK for fantasy-loving teens.
By Karsten Knight
(2011)
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The Grimm Legacy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl tangles with magical objects in suspenseful fantasy.
By Polly Shulman
(2010)
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Blood Red Road: Dust Lands, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Warrior girl stars in action-packed debut for mature teens.
By Moira Young
(2011)
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The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Penultimate in edu-taining fantasy series harder to love.
By Michael Scott
(2011)
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The Dark City: Relic Master, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling debut to fantasy series is low on violence.
By Catherine Fisher
(2011)
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The Throne of Fire: The Kane Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Riordan's usual winning mix of action, mythology, and humor.
By Rick Riordan
(2011)
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The Search for WondLa Book Poster Image
age 10+
Artwork, great heroine elevate futuristic fantasy.
By Tony DiTerlizzi
(2010)
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The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Thrilling, chilling time travel for mid-grade fantasy fans.
By John Stephens
(2011)
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City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Exciting entry in bestselling series has creepy cult stuff.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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