recommended with reservations


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,


The Saxby Smart Series

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Sep 2012
written for ages 7-10 | recommended with reservations
Saxby Smart is a child detective.

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