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Award-winner underwhelms reviewer

Jane Fagan | 14 Jun 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A mystery in Victorian England

Growing Up: Alexander McCall Smith's Bertie Pollock

Susan Reibel Moore | 8 Jun 2016

written for ages 18 + | recommended

The 44 Scotland Street series

Boy's unusual power makes him the object of political struggle

Jane Fagan | 27 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Archie's parents want to have their cake and eat it, too.

Growing Up: the Langton Quartet

Susan Reibel Moore | 25 May 2016

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A growing up saga with powerful familial influences.

New fantasy series shows promise

Jennifer Minicus | 20 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A goblin queen learns that humans are her best allies.

Children try to overcome prejudice

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 5 May 2016

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A story about a unique cultural exchange.

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.

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