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Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede

Title: Dealing with Dragons Author: Patricia C. Wrede Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Age Category: 10+ Fantasy for Young Female Readers Sixteen-year-old Cimorene is tired of being a princess.  She is fed up with embroidery lessons and etiquette and arranged marriages, and would much rather study magic and sword fighting and Latin. So when a talking […]

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The Aviary, by Kathleen O’Dell

Title: The Aviary Author: Kathleen O’Dell Genre: Historical Fiction (some Gothic/Fantasy elements) Age Category: 8+ Historical Fiction: The Aviary Clara Dooley leads a quiet, lonely life. A serious heart condition has kept her indoors for years, far away from other children who might excite her. Instead, she spends her days in the Glendoveer Mansion, where her […]

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Louis Sachar: The Cardturner

Title: The Cardturner Author: Louis Sachar Genre: Young Adult Fiction Age Category: 14+ Louis Sachar: The Cardturner High school junior Alton Richards is gearing up for a bummer summer. Dumped by his girlfriend (for his best friend, no less), with no money and no job on the horizon, he is bullied by his parents into […]

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Books for Boys: Legacy, by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Title: Legacy Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski Genre: Middle-grade fiction (Books for Boys) Age Category: 12 years + Books for Boys: Legacy Eighteen-year old Lucas Moore hasn’t had the best life. He and his mother live in a beat-up trailer in the aptly-named nowhere town of Perdition, Arizona, where she waits tables in a diner and […]

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Book for Teenage Girls: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Title: Warped Author: Maurissa Guibord Genre: Fantasy/Romance Books for Teenage Girls Age Category: 13+ Perfect Book for Teenage Girls: Warped It was just a bit of tapestry. A very old tapestry, tucked into a crate of old books that Tessa’s dad bought at an auction. But Tessa is fascinated. The image—a wild, beautiful unicorn—is so […]

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Horror Books: Rotters, by Daniel Kraus

Title: Rotters Author: Daniel Kraus Genre: Horror Books for Young Adults Age Category: 16+ Horror Books: Rotters Sixteen-year-old Joey Crouch used to be fairly happy. He and his mother enjoyed life in Chicago. He had a best friend. He played the trumpet. He wasn’t popular, but he wasn’t so unpopular as to be a target […]

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Fantasy Books: The Death of Yorik Mortwell

Title: The Death of Yorik Mortwell Author: Stephen Messer (illustrated by Gris Grimly) Genre: Middle-grade Fantasy Books Age Category: 9 years + Fantasy Book: The Death of Yorik Mortwell It’s not every day you come across a book where the hero dies in the first chapter.  But in The Death of Yorik Mortwell, that’s exactly […]

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Counting Book: One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton

Title: One Moose, Twenty Mice Author: Clare Beaton Genre: Toddler board book (Counting book) Age Category: Infant to 2 years Summary: A Children’s Counting Book Clare Beaton’s One Moose, Twenty Mice is a counting book to help with learning numbers for preschool.  It begins with the following statement/question: “One moose, but where’s the cat?”  Each […]

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Children’s Fantasy Novel: The Door in the Forest

Title:  The Door in the Forest Author: Roderick Townley Genre:  Middle-grade Fiction (Children’s fantasy novels) Age Category:  8 years + Children’s Fantasy Novel: The Door in the Forest Daniel Crowley cannot tell a lie.  For most of his life, this inability has been a fairly manageable annoyance.  Now, as soldiers move into the small town […]

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Shakespeare for Children: The Last Synapsid, by Timothy Mason

Title: The Last Synapsid Author: Timothy Mason Genre: Middle-grade Fiction Age Category: 9-12 years Are you looking for a middle-grade novel with dinosaurs, time-travel, eco-responsibility, and Shakespeare for children?  If so, The Last Synapsid by Timothy Mason may be what you are looking for! Summary: The Last Synapsid Life in Faith, Colorado is fairly uneventful […]

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Title: The Adventures of Tinitin: The Secret of the Unicorn Author: Hergé (Georges Rémi) Genre: Adventure comic book Age category: 8-12 years With the scheduled December 2011 release of Steven Spielberg’s movie, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, I thought I would review the classic 1959 middle-grade comic with the same title […]

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Review: Seeds of Change, by Jen Cullerton Johnson

Title: Seeds of Change Author: Jen Cullerton Johnson, ill. Sonia Lynn Sadler Genre: Picture book Age Category: 6-to-8-years In honor of Earth Day I reviewed Seeds of Change, by Jen Cullerton Johnson.  This book is already much decorated, having garnered the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration, and a place on […]

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Children’s Book about the Civil War: The Storm Before Atlanta

Title: The Storm Before Atlanta Author: Karen Schwabach Genre: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction Age Category: 9 – 12 years Children’s Book about the Civil War: The Storm Before Atlanta The Storm Before Atlanta is a children’s book about the Civil War.  The book opens in 1863, with the Northern and Southern United States locked in conflict. […]

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Mockingjay: Summary and Review

Title: Mockingjay Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Books for Teens) Age Category: 16 to 19 years + Today I finish my series on Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games Trilogy with a summary and review of the much anticipated, and much hyped book for teens, Mockingjay.  In this Mockingjay summary and review I will discuss […]

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ZooBorns: The Newest, Cutest Animals from the World’s Zoos and Aquariums

Title: ZooBorns: The Newest, Cutest Animals from the World’s Zoos and Aquariums Authors: Andrew Bleiman, Chris Eastland Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Books Age Category: 6 to 9 years Non-Fiction Picture Book Summary ZooBorns is a non-fiction picture book portrait gallery of roughly 100 baby animals born in zoos and aquariums around the world.  Each “zooborn” is […]

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