Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 9+
 
One of the most exciting fantasy-adventures ever.
By Neal Shusterman
(2004)
age 9+
 
One of the best of the post-Potter fantasies.
By Suzanne Collins
(2005)
age 9+
 
Classic fantasy is a bit slow, but enthralling.
By Susan Cooper
(1973)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 12+
 
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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age 9+
 
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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age 10+
 
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 11+
 
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
age 10+
 
Enthralling, gritty, classic dragon trilogy.
By Jane Yolen
(1982)
age 10+
 
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(1998)
age 10+
 
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2000)
age 9+
 
Third Potter is darker, more complex, and fantastic.
By J. K. Rowling
(1999)
age 8+
 
Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
By J. K. Rowling
(1998)
age 10+
 
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
age 10+
 
Rowling mixes up a more intense brew in fifth book.
By J. K. Rowling
(2003)
age 12+
 
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
age 8+
 
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 6+
 
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)

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