Book Reviews

Hex Hall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Enchanting book about witty teen witch at reform school.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
Delirium Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Mix of forbidden romance, drama, and danger; OK for teens.
By Lauren Oliver
(2011)
Tortall and Other Lands Book Poster Image
age 12+
Short stories feature strong heroines, some mature content.
By Tamora Pierce
(2011)
Freefall: Tunnels Series, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series continues mix of grim violence, engrossing story.
By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
(2010)
A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.
By Brandon Mull
(2011)
Foiled Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Girl fencer fights monsters in clever fantasy graphic novel.
By Jane Yolen
(2010)
Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2010)
The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling, thoughtful Narnian quest.
By C.S. Lewis
(1952)
The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Popular fantasy series has lots of plots to keep track of.
By Michael Scott
(2010)
The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
Guardians of Ga'hoole Series Book Poster Image
age 9+
Great messages, heroic characters, just the right length.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2003)
Finnikin of the Rock Book Poster Image
age 15+
Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2010)
Need Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Good pick for teens who Need more Twilight.
By Carrie Jones
(2008)
Captivate Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Need follow-up does captivate, but it's more violent.
By Carrie Jones
(2010)
Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan Book Poster Image
age 11+
1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2006)
Dreamdark Series Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Exciting faerie series with a fantastic tomboy heroine.
By Laini Taylor
(2007)
Demonkeeper Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fast-paced adventure with an unexpected hero.
By Royce Buckingham
(2008)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2009)
Beautiful Creatures: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dreamy, lyrical supernatural Southern romance.
By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
(2010)

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