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The Good Reading Guide's Favourite Books of 2014

Clare Cannon | 18 Dec 2014
written for all ages | recommended
The top 22 of over 500 books we reviewed this year.


A book that became a TV show

Tim Golden | 1 Dec 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.


A perfect book for boys who love sports but may not like to read

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
"The Captain" tells his story.


Baby gryphon hatches from blue stone

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A simple fantasy story.


An audition for life

Tim Golden | 17 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Children travel to a fantasy island to develop life skills.


Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 10 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A fixture on school reading lists.


A battle with a dragon

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Nov 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A book for fans of historical fiction and fantasy.


Blood is thicker than water

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.


The futility of war

Jane Fagan | 20 Oct 2014
written for all ages | recommended
The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WWII.


A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 14 Oct 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.


Love thy neighbor - even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 13 Oct 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.


A friendship that crosses race barriers

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Oct 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.


The origin of the universe

Jennifer Minicus | 24 Sep 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Bernie has always wanted to create his own universe.


Book Reviews

The amazing kookaburra

Jane Fagan | 22 Sep 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
"For all the birds that I tried to save as a child."


Teen romance turns science fiction thriller

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Sep 2014
written for ages 15-18 | recommended
Anna isn't who she thinks she is.


Can a twelve year old save the day?

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The real hero of fairy tales


Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 11 Aug 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A story of quest and fantasy.


Not exactly kissing cousins

Jane Fagan | 16 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Kieran would rather not share his home with his unusual cousin.


Like a dog and his bone

Jane Fagan | 11 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.


Great book for reluctant readers

Jane Fagan | 20 Jun 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.

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Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.


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