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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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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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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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Catching Fire: Summary and Review

Title: Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Books for Teens) Age Category: 16 to 19 years + Today, in honor of Teen Read Week, I review the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  As it turns out, teen readers across the country recently chose Catching Fire […]

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The Hunger Games: Summary and Review

Title: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction Age Category: 16 to 19 years + Well, I’m late to the “game” on this one.  Nevertheless, having just read the first in Suzanne Collins’s young adult fiction trilogy—in the wake of the buzz around the just-released third book of the trilogy, Mockingjay—I feel […]

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Summary and Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Author: J.K. Rowling Genre: Young Adult Fiction Age Category: 14 to 19 years + I plan to review the seventh and last of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)—before the release of the seventh Harry Potter movie in November, 2010.  […]

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Summary and Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) Author: J.K. Rowling Age Category: 12 to 16 years + Genre: Young Adult Fiction Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book Review and Summary Today I present a Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book review and summary.  This fifth […]

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