We have some awesome readers, both young and old who help us pick and share the best books. Here are some of their reviews below. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors.
This is the final and epic end of the tales of Harry Potter. This exquisite story features the final battle between good and evil. Harry must battle his arch nemesis Voldimort [sic] for protection of the magical kingdom that Harry and his friends live in. But the question still remains, who will win? Read the book and find out for yourself. - Andrew, customer
The Smoke Thieves slowly drew me in until I couldn't put it down. The strong voices and the fact that the stories don't seem like one until you realize that they have become one. The plot was fast and entertaining. I loved this book and would recommend it to anybody who loves medieval fantasies. - Kaitlyn, customer age 13
The Novice may seem like the traditional hero fantasy adventure book, but is far more complex and full of many more charachters (good and bad) which contribute to the fast and rocky plot full of pot holes. The traditional hero part of this story attracts many readers while the excellent story telling by Matharu leaves us wanting mroe. - Kaitlyn, customer age 12
Good for ages 10 to 13 and for anyone who enjoys tom boy or Roller girl with people who like middle school placed comic books with great drama and adventure through life. - Thomas, customer age 11
The story is about a [sic] ally cat a frog and a blue jay. These animals help out there [sic] masters in adventurs [sic]. These animals have special talents to help there masters. I like this book because it has a lot of adventurs. My favorit [sic] character is Gilbert the frog. The ally cat's name is Aldwin and Blue Jay's name is Skylar. - Rill, customer
The book is about an alley cat that is being hunted by a hunter. Later Aldwyn, (the alley cat), stumbles across a store, that looks like a normal pet shop. But is actually a store that stores familiars. The familiars are helpers, that help young kids master their magic. In my opinion this book is very interesting, and adventurouse [sic]. The beginning of the story hooks you into the book, and doesn't let go until the end. This book takes you througha world of imagination. - Abraham, customer
A unique book with an even more unique message. Federle writes an inspirational book with hints of his own boyhood and tricks in Broadway. Life is Like a Musical shows us that your own story is not what your parents or your siblings think you should do but what you want. I would give this book to anyone who just needs a life boost. - Kaitlyn, customer age 12
The librarian of Auschwitz was set in the Jewish confinement camps during WWII. THe new setting gave our hero Dita courage and spirit to spread knowledge amog the children by using the most outlawed item in camp, books. Iturbe tells us a beautiful story full of hardships and pain and made me realize that the Jews of WWII were some of the strongest people that I have ever known. - Kaitlyn, customer age 12
Sanctuary had me turning every page and guessing what happened next. With superpowered teens and aliens bent on capturing the prisoners of Sanctuary. Lix crafted a story I wanted to continue reading even after the final chapter. The quick plot and beautiful characters made everything blend perfectly. I would definently say worth reading even if you don't like science-fiction. - Kaitlyn, customer age 13
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is a book that changes the way you will see the world. The characters of the book perfectly and are kind, energetic, and well created. With a main character that is a secret genius you will always want to know what she is going to do next in this fast paced and exciting book. The challenges faced by all in McAnulty's new book are incredible and the way they are reacted to is magical and all around The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is wonderful. - Kaitlyn, customer age 13
Give the Dark My Love made me really think about the phrase "Desperate times call for desperate measures." From the ignorance of the nobles to the speed of which the plauge spreads and the lingths to which Nedra went to try and stop it. With a plot that kept on thickening and characters full of secrets, Give the Dark My Love was amazing. I would would recommend this book to anyone bored of the same plot and quest in their reads. - Kaitlyn, customer age 13
A Very Large Expanse of Sea was different than my normal reads for many reasons: 1) it dealt with modern politics and tensions 2) it dealt with racism, bias, and cultural interaction. Mafi's book challenged my way of thinking about other cultures and people. (It will probably do it to you too.) I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn problems in our society. - Kaitlyn, customer age 13
I loved the book for I really like the part were Vic pushed Maddie of her horse at the snack and swim. I also like the part were Cloudy got to stay. Buy I didn't like the fact that Maddie couldn't buy Cloudy. - Sophia, customer age 8 and a half
Spin the Dawn was a book full of history and powerful feminist characters. An unusual book with an interesting set of tasks to be conquered. A great book for a curious reader. Fun, crazy, and mysterious characters make the characters storng and full of secrets. An exciting read! Great for everyone 14 and up. Kaitlyn R., customer age 14
I really liked how it mixed fiction and nonfiction, that was pretty cool. I also liked how Monsieur O changed. People should read it. - customer
I give this book 5 stars. I give this book 5 stars because for me it felt really intriguing and interesting. It was really intriguing because I never knew what happened and how the people felt about the ship. It was interesting because I never knew much about the Titanic. Another thing I liked about this book was that it was a comic book. Comic books are my favorite because there are less words and I don't like to visualize the picture. I would rather see the picture. This book had combined pictures and it was informational. This was a good book. - Review by reader age 12
Our 3-year-old loves Chicken Little and we've read it now about 100 times. - Review from mom
I enjoyed the book although it's not one I would have selected on my own. Especially for a debut novel I thought it was well done and engaging. I can't attest to the historical accuracy of the book's premise (yes, I know it's historical fiction). Over-all I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, entertaining read for beachside (when beaches reopen) or for a weekend of relaxation even if it's in your own backyard. There were moments where I thought the perspectives of the protagonist - Anita (The Woman in Red) - stemmed from our 21st century experiences as opposed to how the setting might have been perceived in the time period of the book, but this wasn't so distracting that it ruined the novel. On an entirely positive note, I would say that one place where most novels fail for me is the ending - too many novels are either entirely predictable or feel rushed and hurried as if trying to tie up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the outcome at the end of The Woman in Red!
Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars . It was a respectable first novel from Diana Giovinazzo, with an engaging story line that was enjoyably uncomplicated yet intriguing, a likeable protagonist, and a surprise ending.
- reviewed by Diane, customer
Totally wonderful. The Kingdom of Back was exciting and fun, full of plot twists and a few musical geniuses, Lu writes a beautiful story about the hidden Mozart. With characters full of emotion and flawlessly crafted, they add to the story and give subtle depth into the time and situation of Nannerl. Lu created a story worth reading for any one into historical fiction and women power. For readers ages 12+ - review by Kaitlyn, age 15
An absolutely fantastic story. Right up there with All the Light We Cannot See and A Gentleman in Moscow. Powerfully and beautifully written... characters you come to really care about. Highly recommend... would be a great book club read, too. - Review by Jo, customer
Leo, age 7 said, “I really liked when the pea gets locked in the jello. It made me laugh.”
Gavin, age 5 said, “I thought it was silly when the pea got loose and made problems for everybody.”
Emory, age 4 said, “My favorite part was the dip and I want you to read it again sometime."
Fans of historical fiction will delight in this supremely researched and articulated account of the 1913 copper mine strike in Upper Michigan town of Calumet. Vividly told, you'll bond with "Big Annie" who led the Women's Auxillary of the union and persevered under extremely harsh conditions -- brutal weather, brutal food shortages, brutal work requirements and cultural norms. The character of the unforgiving, and unyielding James MacNaughton is so similar to "It's A Wonderful Life"'s Mr. Potter, you pray for him to get his comeuppance. Ah, good reader, be prepared for the sad truths in this historic action which ultimately pushed social mores of the time to give workers better wages and working conditions. Read the afterwords from the author to learn more about this fascinating glimpse of labor relations history. Highly recommended. - reviewed by Maureen