“Rick Yancey has written a very different book from the usual alien invasion story. . . . explor[ing] the very nature of humanity . . . creepy good.”
“The joy is in the reading. . . . What else could a child ask for in a story?”
“Papercutz has added a significant new dimension to the legend of Nancy Drew. She and her new Clue Crew should be around for a long time.”
“Liar and Spy is a worthwhile read . . .”
Rebecca Stead covers a lot of ground in her new middle grade mystery Liar and Spy.
“Mr. Oppel is an expert storyteller and an outstanding world builder.”
When writing about the supernatural, authors need to follow the rules.
“The subject of same-sex marriages is tastefully handled in a manner preteens can understand and relate to.”
“Resplendent with the vivid hues of its characters’ hopes and sorrows, The Humming Room gives young readers a compelling tale that does justice to its evergreen inspiration.”
“Tony DiTerlizzi has created a cast of fascinating characters engaged in epic adventures. How often must a 12-year-old child struggle against evil to save her world?
“The Book of Wonders displays a range of magic as expansive as it is imaginative. . . .
“The story careens along from the very beginning to the last page.
“The story, as told in Fern’s voice grabs, at the heart with its unfathomable anguish.
“What the Dog Said takes a sad topic and turns it into a humorous and heartwarming story.
“Mary Losure has done a fine job of researching and writing this true story for young readers.
“Historical fiction can be the best education, because it engages people’s minds and hearts differently than the classroom—and often better.
“We can all use a comforting story of love, even—or especially—if it is ripped from a brutal past.”
“Enlivened by expressive drawings that evoke Old World places and people, The Mermaid of Warsaw is a collection worth dipping into.”
“Sita’s Ramayana ventures beyond a graphic retelling the events of the epic tale. . . .
“Adults and scholars will find much to enjoy both in the editor’s insightful introductory essay and in her concise, interesting biographies of the artists. . . .
“The Patersons preface their work with a line by Eden Phillpotts: ‘The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow stronger.’ The Flint Heart is a bi
“Fever is an engaging heroine, intelligent yet oddly naïve in the ways of life. Mr. Reeve is a talented world-maker and first-class storyteller.
“Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is jam-packed with action from the first to the last page.
“The Elephant Scientist, with its clear writing, concise explanation of complex concepts, and exceptional photography, is a first-rate addition to the series.”
At the Sea Floor Café is a very insightful and well-done book. The illustrations are unique and edgy, and go perfectly with the poetry.
Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas lives up to the promise of its title.
Part Alice in Wonderland and part Chronicles of Narnia, Jane and the Raven King is a magical, empowering gem of a book that opens up an entire genre to female readers.