Book Reviews

Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Breathtakingly beautiful illustrations tell a detailed story that's as engrossing as it is full of wonder in this superb follow-up to Caldecott Honor book Journey. 
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By Aaron Becker
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
This exciting, moving novel of a brother, a sister, and their beloved horse entangled in World War II is a real gem for all, not only horse lovers.
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By Sam Angus
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
This fantasy has everything going for it: a fearless heroine, a scary forest, angry ghosts, and plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. 
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By Heather Mackey
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Zany story of a movie shoot gone haywire has great message to follow your dreams.
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By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Lemony Snicket's satisfying mini-mysteries work as stand-alone books or as a treat for fans of his All the Wrong Questions series.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Richly imagined early Earth history can inspire kids to think about their place in the world. 
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By Isabel Greenberg
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
Absorbing, encyclopedic compendium of animal life is a treasure for the entire family. 
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By Steve Jenkins
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Two-volume set of exciting, affecting graphic novels examines war and religion through two teens in powerful historical fiction.
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By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Superb writing and gripping, lean, fast-paced action make this extraordinary survival story impossible to put down.  
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By Louis Nowra
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Beautiful, lyrical writing makes this gut-wrenching story of a grief-stricken teen runaway worth the journey.
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By Vikki Wakefield
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
This exciting young adult adventure has a strong male voice and will appeal to boys as well as girls.
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By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Susan Cooper's profound historical novel paints an unflinching portrait of everyday life in colonial America and moves readers with the grace and dignity of her prose and characters.
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By Susan Cooper
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Beautiful, violent story of medieval love and tragedy.
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By Robin LaFevers
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
All the charm, menace, and wordplay of A Series of Unfortunate Events but in a noir setting, with Snicket as a boy solving the mystery.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Fast-paced, witty story of classroom rat who must prove his merit and valor is a captivating mystery adventure.
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By W.H. Beck
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
The 100 busy peas are simply irresistible in this easy-to-love, colorful counting book by the author of LMNO Peas.
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By Keith Baker
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Appealing characters, engaging art, and solid writing advice make this a fantastic choice for imaginative young readers.
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By Tad Hills
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Well-crafted mystery adventure with many surprises, interesting characters, and two smart, creative teen girls on the case.
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By Diana Renn
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
The simple pleasure of watching seeds grow as winter turns to spring shines through in this timeless-looking picture book.  
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By Julie Fogliano
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Great silly fun with a moose who gets left off the M page makes this alphabet book truly memorable.
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By Kelly Bingham
(2012)

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