Book Reviews

age 4+
 
Bus driver takes riders home after a busy day.
By Maryann Cocca-Leffler
(2000)
age 4+
 
Slow pace, but kids like the pageantry.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1961)
age 7+
 
Murder and mystery create a unique intro to the orchestra.
By Lemony Snicket
(2009)
age 7+
 
Chapter book mystery promises more fun for Fancy Nancy fans.
By Jane O'Connor
(2012)
age 7+
 
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(1942)
age 7+
 
Mouse-authored series engages young readers.
By Geronimo Stilton
(2007)
age 8+
 
Mystery and fantasy combine effectively.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(1994)
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age 8+
 
Great premise overcomes an excess of clever embellishments.
By Lizzie K. Foley
(2012)
age 8+
 
Plot and jokes forced but harmless in detective parody.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2013)
age 8+
 
Intriguing tale of boy as detective after parents vanish.
By Cynthia Voigt
(2013)
age 8+
 
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer, Vivienne To
(2013)
age 8+
 
Suspenseful series opener leaves much unresolved for sequel.
By Elise Broach
(2011)
age 8+
 
Action picks up in adventure-packed sequel.
By Elise Broach
(2013)
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age 8+
 
Plucky heroine uncovers stolen painting in engaging mystery.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2014)
age 8+
 
Action-packed zoo mystery has gross and graphic parts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2011)
age 8+
 
Engaging zoo sequel blends smarts, pranks, and animal facts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2014)
age 8+
 
Mildly entertaining tween mystery falls short in resolution.
By Heather Vogel Frederick
(2014)
age 8+
 
Action-packed sequel has more mystery and depth.
By Octavia Spencer
(2015)
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age 8+
 
Fun haunted-house romp has great heroine, sweet values.
By Jessica Lawson
(2015)
age 8+
 
Funny, suspenseful tale of smart tween spy girl and friends.
By Kristen Kittscher
(2013)

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