Book Reviews

The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli

The King of Mulberry Street, by Donna Jo Napoli. Random House, 2005, 256 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grade, Ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (Ages 10-12) ...
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They Don’t Write ’em Like This Anymore

On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, 2010, 329 pages. Reader age 9-13. Even though Oscar's Ogilvie's mother is dead, he and his dad ...
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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.  550 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up ...
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Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  337 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: Ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Annexed is the fictionalized ...
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*Sneaky Sheep by Chris Moore

  Sneaky Sheep, by Chris Moore. Carolrhoda, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: Ages 4-8, Ages 8-10 The story is ...
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Dystopia, Part Three

Part One. Part Two. What's the problem with a glut of grim, futurist fiction on the YA bookshelves? Maybe nothing. Youth is resilient, and most ...
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Dystopia, Part Two

(Find Part One here) Besides being uniformly grim, there are other traits the current crop of dystopian novels share: A post-apocalyptic future--the story opens after ...
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If Olivia Comes to Visit….

We live in an age of series picture books. Which, like having 27 McDonalds in every city, makes shopping a little less complicated for tired, ...
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