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Reviews by Category: Kids

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1445899036
Laura Martin
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Aug 27, 2018

Adventures with two boys a girl and a whole lot of dinosaurs. Sky and Shawn just escaped from the North Compound to find more information on Sky's dad, they meet tons of dinosaurs and a new friend Todd on the way who has been living topside since the pandemic.

The perfect book if you are into adventure and excitement.

If you like Percy Jackson, or the...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1505181036_fish_girl
Donna Jo Napoli
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

She is a mermaid. She has lived her entire life in an aquarium located on the boardwalk. She is the main attraction, but visitors can never catch more than a glimpse of her. She can’t walk or speak, but she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for life outside the water. She can grow stronger and braver, and with the help of her determination, a touch of magic and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.

Fantasy and reality intersect in this mermaid tale. It was beautifully drawn, with a good story too.

A fun, middle grade novel, this did not take...

Teen Review
Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young
Karen Romano Young
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Tink is heading into sixth grade, her last year in elementary school and she must deal with everything from her body suddenly changing to the ever increasing strain between her and her best friend, Jackie's, friendship. Hundred Percent is an authentic and true look into the mind and life of a girl transitioning from a child to a young adult.

The cover of the book is what originally drew me in, it's bright and colorful and just a joy to look at. This book surprised me in the best way, any novel dealing with a protagonist fourteen or younger must maintain a precise balance of...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/798202036_on_the_edge_of_the_dark_sea_of_darkness
Andrew Peterson
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Janner, Igiby, Tank, and their disabled sister Leeli are gifted children living in a cottage above the Dark Sea of Darkness. But even with their gifts and the help of their mother and former pirate grandfather, they still struggle to survive as the evil Fangs of Dang pursue them and take over the land by killing anyone who stands in their way. For these children are not only special, but the Fangs believe they hold the secret to finding the legendary jewels of the former king.

This book drew me in with the humor and creativity of names and phrases and situations. Some of it was the...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1471686036_unbound
Ann E. Burg
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

When Grace is called to work in the Big House from the slave cabins, her family warns her to keep her eyes down and watch her mouth, or there could be disastrous consequences. But she makes a grave mistake, and she and her family must flee deep into the dangerous woods, braving slave patrollers, deadly wild animals, and the uncertainty that they will ever be free.

This is a marvelous story for middle schoolers to imagine themselves as Grace and to really put themselves in her shoes. Given how the evil of slavery still touches our country, I hope every child in grade 4 through 6...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476602036_projekt_1065
Alan Gratz
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Michael O'Shaunessey, like all his other classmates, is part of the Hitler Youth. He participates in their book burnings and horrific games, but he secretly despises everything the Nazis stand stand for. He has a dangerous secret that he must protect at all costs, he and his parents are spies. He is just playing the part so he can get insider information. Soon he hears about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission that he has to stop. But to do that he must prove his loyalty to the Third Reich no matter the cost...

Started out a little slow for me, but the last 150 pages I could not...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/856451036_the_cabinet_of_wonders
Marie Rutkoski
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Petra’s father has been summoned to Prague by the prince to build the world’s finest astronomical clock. But when he returns home blind with the prince having stolen his eyes, she knows she must steal them back. Along the way, she discovers hidden talents and finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem.

I love books with strong, spunky heroines. And The Cabinet of Wonders has one of the spunkiest heroines out there.There is a charm to her that draws you into her world and keeps you there right beside her as she has adventures through life.

The book is a...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1395976036_valiant
Sarah McGuire
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Mar 17, 2017

When Saville’s father is struck ill, she will do anything to survive, even pretending to be a boy to sew a fine coat for the king. But rumors are spreading about an immortal duke and his army of giants marching to seize the king’s throne. Soon, two giant scouts come and terrorize the city, but she tricks them into leaving. Stories of the brave and quick-witted tailor quickly turn into tales of giant-slaying. So it is left to the courageous and clever tailor girl to stop the duke’s army and save the kingdom.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The story itself was interesting but...

Staff Review
Alex Gino
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, May 23, 2016

I don’t normally recommend books about elementary school kids to teens, but this is an exception. Especially a book about a hot topic in the news: transgender rights. See Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent speech here. From the speech, here's a quote that gets me in the feels:

Teen Review
Dave Berry
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

When the headmaster of St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys puts Peter and his mates on board a ship called the Never Land, the orphans expect bad food, seasickness and hard labor. They never anticipate meeting Molly, a young Starcatcher, or battling pirates in an effort to protect the magical "starstuff" from the wrong people. A vicious, foul-smelling pirate called Black Stache, his crew of savages and a greedy ship's captain all vie for a trunk filled with the powerful starstuff.

Meanwhile, Peter helps Molly and her father retrieve the trunk, with the aid of porpoise Starcatchers...