highly recommended


The grass is always greener on the other side of the moat

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A royal family learns the meaning of service.


A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Jun 2014
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.


The worst thing about summer vacation

Jennifer Minicus | 19 May 2014
written for all ages | highly recommended
The dreaded required reading list.


Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max has the solution.


The "weaker sex"?

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Apr 2014
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.


Beloved series rereleased

Jane Fagan | 25 Mar 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Flat Stanley turns 50.


Is acting a real job?

Tim Golden | 14 Mar 2014
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.


Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism

Jane Fagan | 28 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.


Mastodons sighted in the American colonies

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Famous botanist John Bartram explores North America with his son.


A story that needs to be told

Jane Fagan | 7 Feb 2014
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.


Why do boys love trucks so much?

Jane Fagan | 24 Jan 2014
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A bestselling picture book for nearly three years.


A mother's love; a father's sacrifice

Jennifer Minicus | 18 Jan 2014
written for all ages | highly recommended
Two million copies sold so far.


A story that touched millions

Jane Fagan | 31 Dec 2013
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
Not your typical inspirational story.


Should young ladies know how to swim?

Jennifer Minicus | 9 Dec 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.


Book Reviews

A message of goodwill and bonding

Jane Fagan | 6 Dec 2013
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
The Australian outback floods.


Reading Matters book list for Christmas 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Nov 2013
written for all ages | highly recommended
A combination of old and new titles.


An anticipated sequel is released

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Kitto's disability does not prevent him from becoming a hero.


Cultures clash in the Middle East

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Nov 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A suspenseful story of ancient civilizations.


Do we expect more from technology and less from each other?

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Nov 2013
written for ages 18 + | highly recommended
Sherry Turkle believes we do.


Nothing beats having a new sibling

Jane Fagan | 17 Oct 2013
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Monty has a new sister and a new magic set.

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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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