Book Reviews

Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adventurous princess does the rescuing in fun graphic novel.
By Ursula Vernon
(2016)
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The Battle of Hackham Heath: Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
More excitement and battle violence as series hits stride.
By John Flanagan
(2016)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
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In The Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Book Poster Image
age 13+
Incredible history of five slaves of the Founding Fathers.
By Kenneth C. Davis
(2016)
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Full of Beans Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Plucky boy finds conscience, hope amid Great Depression.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2016)
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Shame the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical romance leans to soap-opera-style melodrama.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2016)
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Heartless Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.
By Marissa Meyer
(2016)
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The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales Book Poster Image
age 9+
Retold classics provide origin story for blockbuster series.
By Chris Colfer
(2016)
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Impyrium Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Epic, magical fantasy like a "Game of Thrones" for tweens.
By Henry H. Neff
(2016)
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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis Book Poster Image
age 5+
Fun, charming look at civil rights leader's childhood.
By Jabari Asim
(2016)
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How to Hang a Witch Book Poster Image
age 12+
Creepy thriller blends witch trials with high school drama.
By Adriana Mather
(2016)
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Like a River Glorious: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Tense Gold Rush tale shows harsh reality of slavery.
By Rae Carson
(2016)
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Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm Book Poster Image
age 8+
Favorite tales get grim, gothic treatment and stylish art.
By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
(2016)
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Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles Book Poster Image
age 5+
Two women stump for right to vote in fresh, upbeat story.
By Mara Rockliff
(2016)
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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging profiles of 40 amazing women in 31 countries.
By Kate Schatz
(2016)
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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature Book Poster Image
age 5+
Artful, relatable bio offers intro to photographer's work.
By Cindy Jenson-Elliott
(2016)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2016)
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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Book Poster Image
age 17+
Grim, brutal true story of teen assassins.
By Dan Slater
(2016)
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Ashes:  The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, hopeful end to Revolutionary War saga.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2016)
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The Creeping Shadow: Lockwood & Co., Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Consistently great ghost series keeps the scares coming.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2016)
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