Book Reviews

Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
The Eyes of Kid Midas Book Poster Image
age 9+
One of the most exciting fantasy-adventures ever.
By Neal Shusterman
(2004)
Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
One of the best of the post-Potter fantasies.
By Suzanne Collins
(2005)
Flotsam Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2006)
The Dark Is Rising Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic fantasy is a bit slow, but enthralling.
By Susan Cooper
(1973)
The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
The Return of the King Book Poster Image
age 12+
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
The Two Towers Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) Book Poster Image
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)
Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Enthralling, gritty, classic dragon trilogy.
By Jane Yolen
(1982)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2000)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Book Poster Image
age 9+
Third Potter is darker, more complex, and fantastic.
By J. K. Rowling
(1999)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
By J. K. Rowling
(1998)

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