Revenge-seeking ghosts steal ship from museum

Jennifer Minicus | 10 November 2015
Lewis has unexpected roommates.

Boy beats boredom with a balloon

Jennifer Minicus | 21 October 2015
Nothing ever seems to happen in Sebastian's neighborhood.

Man goes to great lengths to gain his love

Jane Fagan | 21 September 2015
Mr. Hopper is a shy, elderly man secretly in love.

The book was better than the movie

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

Everything tastes better on a waffle

Jennifer Minicus | 01 July 2015
Primrose's parents are lost at sea.

Djinni, magic and revenge, part 2

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

Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Jennifer Minicus | 09 February 2015
A perfect book for winter reading.

Authors are noticing Reading Matters

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

Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 10 November 2014
A fixture on school reading lists.

A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 14 October 2014
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.

Love thy neighbor -  even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 13 October 2014
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.

Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 06 October 2014
A rollicking adventure

The origin of the universe

Jennifer Minicus | 24 September 2014
Bernie has always wanted to create his own universe.

Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 August 2014
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.

An enduring appeal

Jane Fagan | 25 August 2014
Twenty years ago, Horrid Henry hit the shelves.

There’s no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 August 2014
Another story about the four Conroy girls.

Like a dog and his bone

Jane Fagan | 11 July 2014
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.

The worst thing about summer vacation

Jennifer Minicus | 19 May 2014
The dreaded required reading list.

Queens are people too

Jane Fagan | 06 May 2014
A day at Buckingham Palace

Happy as a pig in mud

Jane Fagan | 04 April 2014
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.

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