Newbery runner-up bewitches readers
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.
Engaging characters bring this story to life
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.
Witches, Wizards and Magical Children
When a party of High Witches arrives on Earth,
The Book Tolkien Wanted to Publish After The Hobbit
In 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien's four-year-old son lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, Tolkien wrote a story about Rover, a dog who is magically transformed into a toy.
The Silver Nutmeg
Some books beg to be read aloud.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
An engaging story about true happiness.
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.
The Pure Dead Series
Imagine the Simpsons crossed with the Addams Family.
The 100 Cupboards Series
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
Stuart anticipates a boring summer, but is in for a big surprise.
The Magician’s House Quartet Series
William, Mary and Alice spend their holidays at Golden House.
The House on Falling Star Hill
This lightweight fantasy novel would make good summer reading.
The Harry Potter Series
Tim Golden weighs in on this exceptionally popular series.
The Silver Blade
Historical fantasy set in the French Revolution.
The Magician’s Elephant
An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.
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| our standards|
|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers