August 3, 2016
fantastic frame

Fantastic Frame #1: Danger! Tiger Crossing by Lin Oliver

The Fantastic Frame chapter-book series introduces early-elementary-age readers to great works of art. Fantastic Frame #1: Danger! Tiger Crossing by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Samantha Kallis. […]
July 15, 2016

Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. Hilo Book […]
July 5, 2016

The BFG by Roald Dahl

After the BFG snatches Sophie from her orphanage, she learns a lot about giants and the BFG makes a new friend in this quirky, British romp. The […]
June 22, 2016
Magic mirror

The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long

A few language cautions aside, this medieval fantasy tale illustrates some profound truths about finding oneself in the journey.   The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely […]
June 17, 2016
trials of apollo

The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

This storyline of the series, which focuses on the now mortal god Apollo, is great in theory, but the first book is lackluster and inappropriate for […]
June 15, 2016
goblin's puzzle

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton

This lively tale combines a fairy-tale plot and likeable characters—even a likeable dragon—with philosophical musings.   The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with […]
June 8, 2016
eye of midnight

The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach

A thrilling tale set in 1920s New York pits three children against a foe that bears an uncanny resemblance to modern-day Islamism. The Eye of Midnight […]
June 6, 2016
RR_unmapped sea

The Unmapped Sea (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #5) by Maryrose Wood

Miss Penelope Lumley starts to solve some of the Ashton Place mysteries while on holiday by the sea in this fifth volume of the series. The […]