Book Reviews

The City of Ember Book Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
"When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 14+
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
The Great American Dust Bowl Book Poster Image
age 12+
Evocative illustrated nonfiction, great for history buffs.
By Don Brown
(2013)
Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself: Nick and Tesla, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids fight crime with science in edutaining mystery.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2013)
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth Book Poster Image
age 6+
Richly layered, fascinating book kids will enjoy for years.
By Steve Jenkins
(2013)
Broken Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Suspenseful medical drama about girl yearning to fit in.
By CJ Lyons
(2013)
Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular steampunk sequel has hijinks, gadgets, vampires.
By Gail Carriger
(2013)
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Lively novel of London cholera epidemic through kid's eyes.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2013)
Tap the Magic Tree Book Poster Image
age 3+
Simple, interactive story about the changing seasons.
By Christie Matheson
(2013)
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars Book Poster Image
age 4+
Mouse saves mission in great tale for space buffs.
By Mark Kelly
(2013)
The Naturals Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Teens vs. serial killer in implausible, confusing thriller.
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
(2013)
Let the Sky Fall Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Ponderous backstory bogs down "air elemental" romance.
By Shannon Messenger
(2013)
Inhuman Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fantasy creatures enhance near-future page turner.
By Kat Falls
(2013)
Let the Storm Break: Sky Fall, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
More cosmic perils, teen romance in "air-elemental" sequel.
By Shannon Messenger
(2014)
Blythewood: The Blythewood Tales, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girl fights mythical beings in thrilling school fantasy.
By Carol Goodman
(2013)
An Otis Christmas Book Poster Image
age 5+
Tractor brings help to birthing horse in tense holiday tale.
By Loren Long
(2013)
Survivors: Stranded, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Plenty of peril in fun final book of Survivor host's series.
By Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts
(2013)
The Big Wet Balloon Book Poster Image
age 4+
Gentle cartoon vignettes tell cozy sister story.
By Liniers
(2013)
Big Snow Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Delightful tale of a child eagerly awaiting first snowfall.
By Jonathan Bean
(2013)

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