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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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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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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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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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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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Beezus and Ramona: Summary and Review

Title: Beezus and Ramona Author: Beverly Cleary Genre: Juvenile Fiction / 3rd Grade Chapter Books Age Category: 6 to 12 years With the upcoming release of the movie “Ramona and Beezus” on July 23rd, I thought it would be fun to review Beverly Cleary’s classic  chapter book Beezus and Ramona, the first in the series […]

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When You Reach Me: Summary and Review

Title: When You Reach Me Author: Rebecca Stead Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre: Middle-grade Fiction When You Reach Me: Summary Miranda—the protagonist of the 2010 Newbery Medal-winning juvenile fiction book When You Reach Me—is a twelve-year-old latchkey kid living with her single mom in New York City in the 1970s. She’s smart, […]

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Summary

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author: Jeff Kinney Age Category: 9 to 12 + Genre: Comic Juvenile Fiction With the March 19th release date of the movie based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid fast approaching, I thought I would write a review of this madly popular book.  Although it was first published in […]

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Children’s Books on Martin Luther King Jr: I Have A Dream

Title: I Have A Dream Author: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Foreword: Coretta Scott King Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre: Picture Books Our Rating (out of 5): This post is a review of the second of two books I recommend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Click here for “Children’s Books for […]

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre:  Picture Book The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Summary Brian Selznick’s 2008 Caldecott Medal winning book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, introduces Hugo Cabret, an orphan boy who secretly maintains the clocks at a Paris railway station. Hugo’s father—once […]

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