Dystopia with a conscience

Jennifer Minicus | 20 January 2015
Charley wants to save lives by killing others.

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.

Mysterious virus kills millions

Jennifer Minicus | 17 March 2014
It's the end of the world as we know it.

Summer Book Buzz

Kathleen Pacious | 21 June 2013
One book that has people talking this summer.

Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults

Clare Cannon | 29 June 2012
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.

5 Reasons Why I Won’t See The Hunger Games

Clare Cannon | 23 March 2012
This review probably won't be popular, but it's important to talk about these issues.

Prized (Birthmarked #2)

Clare Cannon | 08 November 2011
Oh the grief when a treasured first book has a sequel that breaks your heart.

Benjamin and the Paradise Project

Jennifer Minicus | 15 August 2011
Eleven-year-old Benjamin discovers the truth about himself in this science fiction mystery.

Birthmarked: a brilliant new dystopian series

Clare Cannon | 22 June 2011
Finally a series with characters you love spending time with.

Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.

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