This book was a terrible disappointment

Jennifer Minicus | 13 January 2016
I could not force myself to finish it.

Poetry takes the Newbery

Jennifer Minicus | 02 April 2015
This year's finalists lack literary merit.

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Margaret Hannon | 16 December 2012
An appealing young adult novel about race relations in the early twentieth century.

Mildred D. Taylor’s Short Stories

Jennifer Minicus | 24 June 2012
Mildred Talyor has written several books based on her family's history.

The Land

Jennifer Minicus | 14 January 2012
This Coretta Scott King Award winner is a prequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."

Benjamin and the Paradise Project

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

The Wonder of Charlie Anne

Jennifer Minicus | 01 June 2011
Sometimes being a good friend means taking risks.

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Jennifer Minicus | 16 September 2010
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.

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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