Revenge-seeking ghosts steal ship from museum

Jennifer Minicus | 10 November 2015
Lewis has unexpected roommates.

Not all popular books are worthwhile

Jennifer Minicus | 04 November 2015
Best-selling fantasy story falls short.

Boy’s imagination opens mysterious gate

Jennifer Minicus | 23 September 2015
Teddy has a vivid imagination.

Cursed knight rescues damsel in distress

Jennifer Minicus | 11 August 2015
A quick summer read.

Giant rats capture New Yorker

Jennifer Minicus | 05 August 2015
Gregor had no idea there was another world underground.

The book was better than the movie

Jane Fagan | 15 July 2015
Two movie versions fail to capture Roald Dahl's story.

Life is nothing but a board game

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

Feminists accuse author of mysogyny

Jane Fagan | 17 June 2015
Roald Dahl claimed that all witches are women.

The New York Times compared this book to the Narnia series

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

Affirmation empowers

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

Djinni, magic and revenge, part 2

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

Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 February 2015
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.

A series for readers not ready for Harry Potter

Jennifer Minicus | 02 February 2015
A typical beginner series from Scholastic Books.

An audition for life

Tim Golden | 17 November 2014
Children travel to a fantasy island to develop life skills.

Friendly ghosts

Jennifer Minicus | 03 October 2014
Toseland did not expect to find playmates in his great-grandmother's mansion.

Angels among us

Jennifer Minicus | 14 August 2014
Vero discovers he is not really human.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

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

Popular series has this reviewer yawning

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2014
For cat lovers only.

Tunnel fever

Tim Golden | 20 July 2014
A 300 year old journey through a tunnel.

The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 07 July 2014
How did Peter get to Neverland?

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