Tag Archives: Young Adult

Book Review: The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby

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The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby Recommended Ages: 11+ The author of Lily’s Ghosts brings us a book so funny that it hurts, set in a magical world so weird that it can only be New York City. She doesn’t come right out and name it, though. She describes it as “a vast and sparkling city, a city at the center of the universe.” But it’s also a city that has grown upward ... Read More »

Book Review: LightLand by H. L. McCutchen

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LightLand by H. L. McCutchen Recommended Ages: 11+ I don’t know anything about the author of this book except that her first name is Heather, and that Scholastic (the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series) believes in her. Now that I’ve read this book, I believe in her too. I hope she will continue to write books as interesting and touching as this. It begins with two quirky kids, best friends since they were ... Read More »

Book Review: The Last Siege by Jonathan Stroud

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The Last Siege by Jonathan Stroud Recommended Ages: 12+ Three present-day teens are thrown together in the last defense of a medieval castle—each one lonely for a different reason. Emily is an only child whose schoolmates either pick on her or ignore her. Simon is the youngest child of a big, blue-collar, trouble-making family, who often gets picked on at home. And as for Marcus… well, he’s not even from the West Norfolk village where ... Read More »

Review: 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

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13 Curses by Michelle Harrison Recommended Ages: 12+ In 13 Treasures, a silver bracelet strung with thirteen charms serves mainly as a link between twelve-year-old Tanya and a tragically short-lived ancestor who shared her gift, her curse: the second sight, or the ability to see faeries. But other than that, the book wasn’t really about the thirteen magical objects that gave it its name. The treasures were then little more than a talisman representing the ... Read More »

Review: The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

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The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman Recommended Ages: 12+ In The Grimm Legacy, we discovered the wonderful collection of fairy-tale artifacts housed at the New-York Circulating Material Depository: a place where, for a reasonable deposit (say, your sense of direction) you can check out seven-league boots. Now a new group of pages explores one of the Depository’s other Special Collections: the Wells Bequest—as in H. G. Wells, the author who pioneered science fiction. In a ... Read More »

Review: Blimpo by Dale E. Basye

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Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye Recommended Ages: 11+ In this sequel to Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go and Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck, twice-dead teen Milton Foster heroically dons a fat suit (sort of) and infiltrates the part of the 18-and-under Afterlife set aside for fat kids. His mission: to rescue his chubby friend Virgil, who has been darned for what may be only a sin of weakness. ... Read More »

Review: Interworld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves

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Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves Recommended Ages: 12+ High school sophomore Joey Harker has such a poor sense of direction that he sometimes gets lost in his own house. One day, during a social studies exam in the form of a scavenger hunt around the downtown area, he walks into a patch of fog and comes out in another reality altogether. A world where McDonald’s sports a single, green tartan arch, and where ... Read More »

Review: The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander

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The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander Recommended Ages: 11+ “Lidi was not easy to ignore, especially when flame shot out of her fingertips. Also, she had an attractive smile.” A book that begins with a pair of sentences like this is off to a strong start. There’s even more to say about it if it comes to an ending as mindblowing and intense as this book does. If, in between a strong start and a ... Read More »

Review: The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson

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The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson Recommended Ages: 13+ A few pages into this book by the author of The Tears of the Salamander, I decided that Peter Dickinson is probably the best writer living today. Given that I have only read these two of his fifty-odd books, that may come across as a hasty judgment. But I haven’t forgotten that Tears was the best book I read in 2005, and I don’t plan to forget ... Read More »

Review: Dirty Magic by Carol Hughes

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Dirty Magic—buy it by Carol Hughes—about the author Recommended Ages: 12+ Joe Brooks, a boy who likes models and Monster Machine magazine, gets up in the middle of the night and finds that his bathroom door opens into a muddy plain stretching to the horizon all around. Suddenly Joe is in a strange, island world where the sun never shines, the war never ends, and the lost children who regularly appear out of nowhere never ... Read More »