recommended with reservations


The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
How did Peter get to Neverland?


Mysterious virus kills millions

Jennifer Minicus | 17 Mar 2014
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
It's the end of the world as we know it.


Toads, ghosts and dead knights

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Mar 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
The only way to fight a ghost is with another ghost.


Alien spaceship lands in Utah

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Mar 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
Captain Marion comes to Earth armed with a code of conduct.


Award winning author churns out one that lacks passion

Jane Fagan | 14 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
I expect more from a Carnegie/Newbery winner.


Book Reviews

Reverse discrimination evident in children's book

Jane Fagan | 21 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
A terrible mixture of animals and feminism.


Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Oct 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.


New movie for Pride and Prejudice devotees

Clare Cannon | 7 Sep 2013
written for ages 15-18 | recommended with reservations
Shannon Hale's 'Austenland' takes living inside fantasy to a whole new level.


Mythology still appeals to young readers

Tim Golden | 16 Aug 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
Percy Jackson and his friends pursue new quests.


Djinni, magic and revenge

Tim Golden | 11 Jul 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
A witty and well-paced fantasy adventure.


Not quite Harry

Clare Cannon | 9 Jul 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
I had thought this series might have the broad appeal of the Potter books...


The Only Author to Win Both a Newbery and Newbery Honor in the Same Year

Jennifer Minicus | 24 Jun 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
An off-beat story about friendship, loyalty and respect.


Summer Book Buzz

Kathleen Pacious | 21 Jun 2013
written for ages 15-18 | recommended with reservations
One book that has people talking this summer.


King Arthur has seen better days.

Tim Golden | 3 Jun 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
There are no surprises in this Arthurian tale.


Beholding Bee

Jennifer Minicus | 18 Apr 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
Being an orphan is never easy.


The Roman Mysteries Series

Tim Golden | 4 Apr 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
Flavia is the daughter of a Roman captain.


Stoneheart

Tim Golden | 6 Feb 2013
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
George and Edie learn of a war between the statues of London.


Starseeker

Tim Golden | 12 Jan 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.


The Many Troubles of Andy Russell

Emily Castilla | 29 Oct 2012
written for ages 7-10 | recommended with reservations
Andy Russell has lost a number of his pet gerbils.


The Shapeshifter Series

Tim Golden | 6 Oct 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
A boy who can turn into a fox,

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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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