“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.
Written in the first person, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Wright features Katie Bennett telling the reader how her family has moved to a town in Wisconsin after her dad accepted a new job.
Millions of girls love horses, whether they have a chance to ride or can only read about it. They make up the target audience for The Pony Whisperer series.
Does it seem like young people are fused to their cell phones these days? That’s just what happens to eighth-grader Samantha Granger through a series of outrageous coincidences.
The Kneebone Boy commands immediate attention. Why? The cover. It’s dark, gothic, and beautiful. It beckons the reader to break open the spine and explore the prose within.
After reading this middle-grade novel, it becomes clear why Mary Downing Hahn is such a popular author and has won so many awards.
(Random House Paperbacks, March 2010)
Random House Books for Young Readers, May 2008
“Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?”