not recommended


A lost opportunity

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Apr 2014
written for ages 11-14 | not recommended
Not this author's best effort.


Sweet story, sour delivery

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Feb 2014
written for ages 15-18 | not recommended
A romance for young adults that had much potential, but falls short.


An innocent joke carried too far

Jane Fagan | 3 Feb 2014
written for ages 7-10 | not recommended
An Amazon pick of 2013 falls short.


Emotions, morality, sexuality: when teens are confused

Clare Cannon | 24 Sep 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
Should we back off, add fuel to the fire, or hand them a road map?


IVF makes superheroes possible

Clare Cannon | 16 Jul 2013
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
Forget magic; IVF blends fantasy with reality in today's superhero tales.


Was Snow White's Evil Stepmother a Victim of Circumstance?

Jennifer Minicus | 27 May 2013
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
Have you ever wondered what is meant by, "They lived happily ever after?"


Compassionate Killing: the New Darling of Teen Lit

Clare Cannon | 3 May 2013
written for ages 15-18 | not recommended
Could it influence the next generation of voters, even those who've been taught better?


The Stravaganza Series

Tim Golden | 28 Feb 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
A series about the avenues of escape people choose when faced with difficulties.


The 2013 Newbery Medal Winner

Clare Cannon | 30 Jan 2013
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
As a warm-hearted animal adventure, Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan" is a worthy tale. But it doesn't stop there.


The Sterkarm Handshake

Tim Golden | 20 Jan 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
The Time Tube allows people from the 21st century to travel to the 16th.


The Midwife's Apprentice

Margaret Hannon | 25 Sep 2012
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
I like to think that a Newbery award winning book is a sure bet.


Shadowmancer

Tim Golden | 20 Sep 2012
written for ages 11-14 | not recommended
A somewhat confusing fantasy.


Postcards from No Man's Land

Tim Golden | 8 Jul 2012
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
Winner of both the Michael J. Printz and Carnegie Medals? This reviewer has a different take on this book.


Book Reviews

5 Reasons Why I Won't See The Hunger Games

Clare Cannon | 23 Mar 2012
written for ages 15-18 | not recommended
This review probably won't be popular, but it's important to talk about these issues.


Mission Telemark

Tim Golden | 8 Mar 2012
written for ages 11-14 | not recommended
A disappointing mixture of kids' caper and wartime resistance.


The House of Special Purpose

Maryana Garcia | 4 Mar 2012
written for ages 18 + | not recommended
With such a talented author, I was expecting more.


Dead End in Norvelt

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Feb 2012
written for ages 11-14 | not recommended
Since last year's Newbery winner was so exceptional, I had high expectations for this year's choice. I was disappointed.


Midnight in Austenland

Clare Cannon | 31 Jan 2012
written for ages 18 + | not recommended
A great children's author takes inspiration from an old favourite... and kills it.


Map of Nowhere

Tim Golden | 12 Jan 2012
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
Nick is forced by his brother's gang to engage in illegal activity.


The Demonata Series

Tim Golden | 27 Nov 2011
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
It you have any reservations about demons or black magic, walk away from this book.

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