Book Reviews

age 4+
Madeline is her spunky self in Christmas tale.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1985)
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
age 4+
One of the most beautiful Christmas books.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(1985)
age 12+
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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age 13+
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2010)
age 7+
Brave girl seeks missing friend in exciting graphic novel.
By Ben Hatke
(2011)
age 14+
Mature dystopian fantasy with polygamy, teen pregnancy.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2011)
age 14+
No sunny wrap-up to this very dark, mature series.
By James Dashner
(2011)
age 3+
Hit holiday book fun for kids but requires parent action.
By Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda A. Bell
(2005)
age 13+
Post-apocalyptic adventure takes a while to hit stride.
By Kevin Emerson
(2012)
age 13+
Excellent dystopian sequel is terrifically twisty, intense.
By Veronica Roth
(2012)
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age 13+
Hugely influential classic mostly for sci-fi fans.
By Isaac Asimov
(2008)
age 12+
Inventive time-travel tale mixes history, religion, sci-fi.
By Pete Hautman
(2012)
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age 14+
Engrossing story of an "echo" designed to replace dead girl.
By Sangu Mandanna
(2012)
age 9+
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(2012)
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age 2+
Cozy, nostalgic look at the classic elements of the season.
By Alison Jay
(2012)
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age 13+
Gritty post-apocalyptic story with strong heroine.
By Julianna Baggott
(2012)
age 13+
Post-apocalyptic story has great characters; still gruesome.
By Julianna Baggott
(2013)
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age 12+
Complex time travel page-turner starts sci-fi trilogy.
By Catherine Fisher
(2013)
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age 14+
Invisible girl flees mob dad in inventive fantasy thriller.
By Natalie Whipple
(2013)

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