Book Reviews

Bless the Beasts & Children Book Poster Image
age 13+
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(1970)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Book Poster Image
age 4+
Teaches important lessons about faith, friendship.
By Virginia Lee Burton
(1939)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creepy AND warmhearted -- one of Gaiman's best.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
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Otis Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.
By Loren Long
(2009)
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Monstrumologist Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gruesomely good gothic horror too violent for younger teens.
By Rick Yancey
(2009)
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The Orphan of Awkward Falls Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl fights to save friend in creepy, comic horror tale.
By Keith Graves
(2011)
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Bloodrose: Nightshade, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Werewolf finale focuses on love triangle and bloody battle.
By Andrea Cremer
(2012)
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Clockwork Prince: Infernal Devices, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Fantasy sequel has strong female characters, more violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book Poster Image
age 2+
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(1998)
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The Catastrophic History of You and Me Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dead teen loads up on pizza and angst in the afterlife.
By Jess Rothenberg
(2012)
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Blood and Chocolate Book Poster Image
age 15+
Sensual and suspenseful werewolf fantasy for mature teens.
By Annette Curtis Klause
(1997)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Book Poster Image
age 2+
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2011)
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The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
More end-of-times excitement with a heavy dose of humor.
By Rick Riordan
(2012)
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City of Lost Souls: The Mortal Instruments, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Bloody bestselling fantasy series gets steamier.
By Cassandra Clare
(2012)
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The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Ambitious, edu-taining fantasy series gets a grand send-off.
By Michael Scott
(2012)
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Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Thrilling, exotic fantasy romance gets pretty violent.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2012)
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Silence: The Queen of the Dead, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Paranormal adventure bogs down in details.
By Michelle Sagara
(2012)
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This Is Not a Test Book Poster Image
age 15+
Zombie apocalypse meets mature high school-set thriller.
By Courtney Summers
(2012)
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