Octopus terrifies villagers

Jennifer Minicus | 25 January 2016
In reality, the sea creature has more to fear than they.

Classic children’s book elicits ambivalent reaction

Jennifer Minicus | 29 September 2015
Should reviewers ignore personal taste?

Tragedy at sea leads to mystery and suspense

Tim Golden | 28 August 2015
At age fifteen, Adam must take control of his family's business in 17th century Amsterdam.

Life is nothing but a board game

Tim Golden | 24 June 2015
A cross between science fiction and fantasy.

The New York Times compared this book to the Narnia series

Jennifer Minicus | 08 June 2015
No lion, no wardrobe and no allegory.

The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 12 May 2015
Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.

Parents lose boy overseas

Tim Golden | 05 May 2015
Peter makes the most of a tough situation.

Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 01 May 2015
A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.

Boy travels through time to find parents

Tim Golden | 27 April 2015
Inoffensive but uninspiring.

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.

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