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Book Review: Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

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Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex Recommended Ages: 14+ From the author of The True Meaning of Smekday comes this lyrical, funny story about a fifteen-year-old loser who has just started trying to lose weight when someone bites him, and he becomes a vampire. Forever fat and fifteen in Philadelphia would be depressing enough. But when Doug Lee tries to take control of his unlife, tries to mold himself into ... Read More »

Book Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman Recommended Ages: 14+ The Magicians introduced us to Quentin Coldwater, a young American whose heart belongs in a Narnia-like world of juvenile fantasy novels called Fillory. When Quentin gets into an exclusive school called Brakebills (think: a college-level Hogwarts in upstate New York), he learns the dangerous art magic, then joins several of his buddies on a journey that takes them to the very real world of Fillory. And ... Read More »

Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Recommended Ages: 14+ Book 1 of “The Lynburn Legacy” introduces us to Kami Glass, a teenaged girl of mixed Japanese and English ancestry who lives in the Cotswolds village of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Since she was a baby, Kami has had an imaginary friend named Jared who talks to her in her head, telling her all about his make-believe life in America. Even into high school she continues to converse with this ... Read More »

Book Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride Recommended Ages: 14+ Even though Samhain is not pronounced anything like how it looks, somehow young Samhain Corvus LaCroix has picked up the nickname Sam, along with a mediocre career path based on dropping out of college and working at a burger joint. He shares a one-bedroom apartment with his buddies Ramon and Frank (who sleep on the couch and the living room floor, respectively), and has zero ... Read More »

Book Review: Hero by Mike Lupica

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Hero by Mike Lupica Recommended Ages: 13+ When New York sports journalist Mike Lupica first turned toward writing Young Adult fiction, it was mostly in the form of sports-related novels, such as Travel Team, Heat, and Miracle on 49th Street. And he’s still writing them. You may be surprised at the length of his list of titles, and whether part of a series or a standalone novel, each one is primarily about sports—with only a ... Read More »

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

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Tam Lin by Pamela Dean Recommended Ages: 14+ The author of the Secret Country trilogy, when asked to contribute a volume to a series of fairy-tale novelizations, delved instead into a traditional Scots ballad about a girl named Janet who saves her lover from being sacrificed to the powers of Hell by the Queen of Faerie. Transferring the setting to the campus of a small midwestern college in the 1970s, she weaves this eerie storyline ... Read More »

Book Review: Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 13+ In the second book of “Annals of the Western Shore,” gifted maker (poet) Orrec Caspro and his animal-whisperer wife Gry Barre come to the city of Ansul, fabled for its literature and its scholarly culture. But it seems they have come seventeen years too late: for Ansul has been conquered by the Alds, the people of the Asudar desert to the east. Unlike the people of ... Read More »

Book Review: The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman

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The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman Recommended Ages: 14+ In this sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke, several years have passed. The year is now 1878, and Sally’s business as a financial consultant is growing, together with her partnership with professional photographer Webster Garland, his dashing nephew Frederick who moonlights as a private detective, and their cockney friend Jim Taylor, who haunts the backstage of London theaters when he isn’t writing melodramas ... Read More »

Book Review: Three Hainish Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Three Hainish Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 14+ This omnibus volume of the first three books of the Hainish Cycle is also available under the title Worlds of Exile and Illusion. I chose to lead with the simpler, more plainly descriptive title, mainly because it happened to be this edition that I borrowed from the public library. To be sure, it’s a bit of a misnomer. The first three installments in Ursula ... Read More »

Book Review: Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud

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Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud Recommended Ages: 13+ Halli Sveinsson’s world has been shaped by heroes, but the time of heroes passed long ago. Still he yearns to be like his ancestor Svein, one of twelve legendary warriors who sacrificed their lives fighting off the Trows—a race of tunnel-dwelling, man-eating monsters who have not been seen since the slain heroes were buried with their swords. The cairns, or burial mounds, of these twelve ... Read More »