Book Reviews

Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories Book Poster Image
age 13+
Short stories about coming of age; some sexual references.
By Lois Lowry
(2007)
The Adventures of Odysseus Book Poster Image
age 8+
Smart picture-book version of the classic tale.
By Hugh Lupton
(2006)
Beowulf Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Ancient Saxon saga in graphic novel form. Good but gory.
By Gareth Hinds
(2007)
The Little Red Hen Book Poster Image
age 4+
Another Pinkney classic worth clucking about.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2006)
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Book Poster Image
age 10+
Scary, award-winning African-American stories.
By Patricia McKissack
(2006)
Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters Book Poster Image
age 8+
Delightful tall tales great for reading aloud.
By Patricia McKissack
(2006)
Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Book Poster Image
age 3+
A giant saves the day in muy magical story.
By Pat Mora
(2006)
Not the End of the World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Horrifyingly realistic portrayal of ark for teens.
By Geraldine McCaughrean
(2006)
Quiver Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Greek myth has some intense aspects; OK for older kids.
By Stephanie Spinner
(2005)
Quicksilver Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Clever novelization of the various Hermes myths.
By Stephanie Spinner
(2005)
Guys Write for Guys Read Book Poster Image
age 13+
Short stories by male authors. Some good, some iffy stuff.
By Jon Scieszka
(2005)
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade Book Poster Image
age 10+
Tales of childhood long ago -- in 1979.
By Esme Raji Codell
(2005)
The Library Card Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A mysterious library card affects four lives.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2004)
Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls Book Poster Image
age 9+
Adventures are gripping, a little gruesome.
By Jane Yolen
(2000)
All That Remains Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Three novellas tell of teens dealing with death.
By Bruce Brooks
(2004)
Tasty Baby Belly Buttons: A Japanese Folktale Book Poster Image
age 2+
Japanese tale is reinvented with humor.
By Judy Sierra
(1999)
Feathers and Fools Book Poster Image
age 6+
Literary-quality fable is engaging, effective.
By Mem Fox
(2000)
Beast Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Beauty and the Beast retold in slow-paced but exotic tale.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2000)
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Book Poster Image
age 4+
Mocking monkeys, rewarding repetition make this a classic.
By Esphyr Slobodkina
(1969)
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale From the American South Book Poster Image
age 4+
A lesson in humanity laced with humor and magic.
By Robert D. San Souci
(1989)

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