not recommended


It took only six chapters for this book to earn a "thumbs down"

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Sep 2016

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Disney-Hyperion's take on ancient mythology

Book Reviews
Parents of young children beware

Jane Fagan | 15 Sep 2016

written for None | not recommended

Author refers to this as a "young adult" picture book.

This book was a terrible disappointment

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Jan 2016

written for ages 11-14 | not recommended

I could not force myself to finish it.

Not all popular books are worthwhile

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Best-selling fantasy story falls short.

This spooky story has a more adult perspective

Jane Fagan | 28 May 2015

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

A watered-down horror story aimed at children.

So-called "modern classic" promotes relativism

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Oct 2014

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

I will probably take some heat for this review.

Too much information for children

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Sep 2014

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Nate really wants to be an actor.

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.

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