Fantasy
Review: First Light
Peter is a normal 12-year-old kid living in a tiny New York apartment with his scientist parents. Thea lives in a mysterious underground world with her aunt. Peter has finally gotten the chance to go on an expedition to Greenland with his father and mother. He’ll get to participate in the adventures he had always heard about. Thea has started to worry about her secret home and its ability to sustain a growing population. As she tries to find a way to keep her people safe, Peter is trying to make sense of his new headaches and weird visions. First...
Review: The Ruby Key
With the help of a cat who is not a cat and a nightling who has secrets of her own, Genna must travel the moonroads to find the one person who can save her people....
Cover of What the Dickens
Review: What the Dickens
When three kids and their adult cousin are stranded by a fierce storm, their cousin tells a story about a tiny orphaned creature who is trying to discover his purpose in life. What-the-Dickens is a skibberee born in a tin can and adopted by a bird before discovering others like him. In this story, Maguire introduces us to the odd, secretive society of the skibbereen, who collect human teeth and plant them to create wishing candles. This book has gotten mixed reviews. I enjoyed it, though, especially the descriptions of the skibbereen society and the suspense of wondering if the...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy
This was to be my next book for review here, but my 10-year-old literary advisor has taken off with it, so I won’t get it back for a couple of days. From what I was able to get from the cover, it’s about a boy growing up in a town where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except for the boy. If you like this, you might like: Whale Talk Framed! Uglies, Pretties, and Specials...
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie is the oldest of three girls and she knows she has very little hope of an interesting future. When her family runs into money problems, Sophie’s sisters go off to be apprentices and Sophie stays home to work in the family’s hat business. Meanwhile, a mysterious castle appears on the horizon, said to be home to a young wizard who likes to suck the souls of young girls. After Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste, she ends up making a bargain with the demon who powers the moving castle. She will help the demon break his...
Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Ella of Frell has been given the gift of obedience by a well-meaning fairy Godmother. She would like nothing more than to be rid of the gift, especially when her classmates learn they can tell her to do anything and she’ll have to do it. If you like this, you might like: Heir Apparent...
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman There is another city in the tunnels under London. Richard Mayhew stumbles into it by chance and finds himself in a world stranger and more dangerous than he imagined. This book wasn’t written specifically for teens, but as the author of the Sandman series, Gaiman is popular with teens. If you like this, you might like: The Body of Christopher Creed Review: The Ruby Key...
heirapparent
Heir Apparent
While Giannine is playing a virtual reality game, protesters damage the game she was playing on. She must win the game or she might die. ...
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