Book Reviews

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age 9+
Tween and space pirates face perils in fast-moving epic.
By John David Anderson
(2021)
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Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 8+
Family secrets fuel lively tale of trying to fit in.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2021)
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Curse of the Forgotten City: Emblem Island, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting high-seas magical, mythical adventure.
By Alex Aster
(2021)
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Rule of Wolves: King of Scars Duology, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
The Grishaverse goes to war in complex, engaging finale.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2021)
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The Smartest Kid in the Universe, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lively middle-school adventure celebrates knowing stuff.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2020)
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The Challenger: Contender, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Modern teens fight as gladiators in more violent sequel.
By Taran Matharu
(2020)
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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Book Poster Image
age 14+
Epic romantic fantasy adventure is poetic and violent.
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
(2020)
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The Vanishing Deep Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen sisters race death in tepid futuristic thriller.
By Astrid Scholte
(2020)
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Ember Queen: Ash Princess, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Angsty, slow burn of a finale ultimately satisfies.
By Laura Sebastian
(2020)
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All the Stars and Teeth, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Swirl of cool magical ideas has mermaids, sea monsters, too.
By Adalyn Grace
(2020)
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers Book Poster Image
age 5+
Mister Rogers' songs stand up as uplifting, fun poems.
By Fred Rogers
(2019)
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Deathcaster: Shattered Realms, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Exciting finale has battles, spies, romance, magic, dragons.
By Cinda Williams Chima
(2019)
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Lady Smoke: Ash Princess, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Warring kingdom sequel not as compelling as Book 1.
By Laura Sebastian
(2019)
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For a Muse of Fire Book Poster Image
age 12+
Captivating alternate-Asia fantasy has magic, suspense.
By Heidi Heilig
(2018)
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Dactyl Hill Squad Book Poster Image
age 9+
Civil War-era kids ride dinos in New York in curious mashup.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2018)
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Archenemies: Renegades, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sequel is slow to build, full of super-spy intrigue.
By Marissa Meyer
(2018)
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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Book Poster Image
age 14+
Entertaining sequel has strong girl-power messages.
By Mackenzi Lee
(2018)
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Muse of Nightmares: Strange the Dreamer, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Absorbing fantasy reckons with trauma's awful impact.
By Laini Taylor
(2018)
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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees Book Poster Image
age 13+
Compassionate graphic novel account of refugees' struggle.
By Don Brown
(2018)
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Nightblood: The Frostblood Saga, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Lovers' quarrels stifle this dark fantasy finale.
By Elly Blake
(2018)
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