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A perfect book to read at the beach

Jennifer Minicus | 21 Apr 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A fun day at the beach leaves Lucy overtired.

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Australian pioneer women face great hardship

Jane Fagan | 15 Mar 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A fascinating chapter of Australia's history.

Caldecott winner pays tribute to beloved children's book character

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Feb 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

The story of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne.

Octopus terrifies villagers

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Jan 2016

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

In reality, the sea creature has more to fear than they.

A young adult novel with a message of hope

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 12 Jan 2016

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Suicide is a difficult and dark subject.

Bullied teen finds an unexpected friend

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 18 Dec 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A suspenseful read, appropriate for middle- and high-school.

Bedtime proves challenging for older siblings

Jane Fagan | 23 Nov 2015

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

Jessie's big sister can't sleep.

Revenge-seeking ghosts steal ship from museum

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Lewis has unexpected roommates.

Boy beats boredom with a balloon

Jennifer Minicus | 21 Oct 2015

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

Nothing ever seems to happen in Sebastian's neighborhood.

Mother confronts youth entitlement

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Oct 2015

written for ages 18 + | recommended

An antidote to the "me" generation.

Classic children's book elicits ambivalent reaction

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Should reviewers ignore personal taste?

Man goes to great lengths to gain his love

Jane Fagan | 21 Sep 2015

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

Mr. Hopper is a shy, elderly man secretly in love.

Book Reviews
Famous illustrator highlights courage of WWI soldiers

Jane Fagan | 16 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A slice of Australian history

Local bookstore worker solves mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A warm story about family and literary classics.

Birds of a feather flock together

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Sep 2015

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

Mr. Brown is proud of his hat.

Tragedy at sea leads to mystery and suspense

Tim Golden | 28 Aug 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

At age fifteen, Adam must take control of his family's business in 17th century Amsterdam.

Orphans uncover kidnapping scheme

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Aug 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Caro befriends a mouse living in the walls of her orphanage.

Giant rats capture New Yorker

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Aug 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Gregor had no idea there was another world underground.

Nepotism undermines military strength

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2015

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Will Alexios ever live down his mistake?

This story strikes a blow for female independence

Tim Golden | 17 Jul 2015

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

14-year-old Clare lives with her elderly maiden aunts.

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