Book Reviews

Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(2000)
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The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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The City of Ember [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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So You Want to Be a Wizard [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
Blends fantasy, science fiction in equal measures.
By Diane Duane
(1983)
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Wizard's Holiday [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 9+
Leisurely, humorous installment in series.
By Diane Duane
(2004)
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Peter Pan [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(1904)
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The Two Towers [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Fellowship of the Ring [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Return of the King [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 12+
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
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Santa, Are You for Real? [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
For those ready to learn the truth about Santa.
By Harold Myra
(1997)
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Madeline's Christmas [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
Madeline is her spunky self in Christmas tale.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1985)
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Quidditch Through the Ages [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
J.K. Rowling's magical sport report for charity.
By J. K. Rowling
(2001)
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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
Rowling's humorous Magical Beasts 101 for charity.
By J. K. Rowling
(2001)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
Two dozen folktales full of humor and history.
By Virginia Hamilton
(1985)
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Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Book 2 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
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Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
Exciting tale of the first woman to drive across America.
By Don Brown
(1997)
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Not Just a Witch [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
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