True confessions

Jennifer Minicus | 02 March 2015
Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.

Djinni, magic and revenge, part 2

Tim Golden | 27 February 2015
The Bartimaeus Trilogy's middle book.

Never trust a dictator

Jennifer Minicus | 15 January 2015
Not even a "benevolent" one.

Authors are noticing Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus | 03 January 2015
Writer honors our request for a sequel.

Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 30 October 2014
Imaginative characters never go out of style.

See it before you read it

Clare Cannon | 21 October 2014
One of those rare occasions when the movie could be better than the book.

Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 06 October 2014
A rollicking adventure

Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 September 2014
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 11 August 2014
A story of quest and fantasy.

Adventure and allegory

Tim Golden | 09 May 2014
Aidan finds mysterious scrolls in his grandfather's basement.

Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 April 2014
Max has the solution.

Britain bans use of technology

Tim Golden | 11 April 2014
Will they survive?

Beloved series rereleased

Jane Fagan | 25 March 2014
Flat Stanley turns 50.

Alien spaceship lands in Utah

Jennifer Minicus | 03 March 2014
Captain Marion comes to Earth armed with a code of conduct.

Rush Limbaugh’s book for kids sells 200,000 in first week

Jennifer Minicus | 28 January 2014
But is his version of early American history worth the hype?

How big is your treehouse?

Jane Fagan | 14 January 2014
Creativity trumps TV

An anticipated sequel is released

Jennifer Minicus | 26 November 2013
Kitto's disability does not prevent him from becoming a hero.

Engaging characters bring this story to life

Tim Golden | 15 November 2013
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.

What is your favorite book from the twentieth century?

Jane Fagan | 27 October 2013
Margaret Mahy recommended one by Eden Phillpott.

Djinni, magic and revenge

Tim Golden | 11 July 2013
A witty and well-paced fantasy adventure.

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