recommended


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.


Grandfather inspires courage in young girl

Jane Fagan | 3 Jun 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
An Irish family immigrates to America.


Mercenaries and slaves

Tim Golden | 30 May 2014
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A tragic story about revenge.


A good read-aloud

Jane Fagan | 27 May 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A short bedtime story.


Nine-year-old girl solves crime

Jane Fagan | 16 May 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The story of a girl who likes magic tricks.


Newbery runner-up bewitches readers

Jennifer Minicus | 13 May 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.


Queens are people too

Jane Fagan | 6 May 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
A day at Buckingham Palace


Simplicity is hard to find

Jane Fagan | 2 May 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A simple bedtime book


An author the NY Times called a genius

Jane Fagan | 25 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
According to Billy's parents, it is the Year of Billy Miller!


It's a dog's life

Tim Golden | 18 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A curious mixture of fantasy and human reality.


Books make bedtime easier

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Apr 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Another of Jerry Pinkney's delightful picture books.


Britain bans use of technology

Tim Golden | 11 Apr 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Will they survive?


Happy as a pig in mud

Jane Fagan | 4 Apr 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.


A book that became a TV series

Tim Golden | 30 Mar 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Who is George's real father?


Science fair projects stump students

Jennifer Minicus | 21 Mar 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.


When should a child be told he is adopted?

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.

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