Most Recent Children’s Reviews

These are the most recent Children's reviews, sorted by date. You might also want to look at the index of all Children's reviews.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Generally, I’m skeptical of books written by teen authors. In my experience, they usually fall into one of three categories: A) extremely derivative; B) laughably wish-fulfilling; or C) all of the above. So I approached The Peculiar fully prepared to be disappointed. Delightfully, however, this book proves an exception to the pattern, and an impressively […]


The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

If you had the chance to mess around with artifacts straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales – a talking mirror, dancing slippers, a table that sets itself – would you be able to resist? In this delightfully entertaining novel, Elizabeth Rew – a misfit at her new high school – finds herself working at a […]


Ancient, Strange, and Lovely by Susan Fletcher

As a kid, I loved Susan Fletcher’s “Dragon’s Milk” books, so I was pleased to see that she’d revisited the series in her newest novel.  The books tell complete stories and can be read in any order, but this one is definitely the last chronologically; it’s set in the near future, which means that in […]


The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]


Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]


100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

Henry York is a timid, sheltered 12-year-old who finds himself uprooted and transplanted to a small Kansas town in the middle of nowhere to live with his aunt, uncle, and three girl cousins. Then Henry discovers 99 small and mysterious cupboards under a layer of plaster on the wall of his new bedroom. And following […]


Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

In this second volume of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, Alyss is just becoming familiar with her new role as Queen of Wonderland — and trying to sort our her feelings for her childhood friend, the guardsman Dodge. Her enjoyment of the peaceful state of her kingdom is short-lived, though, because King Arch, the passionately […]


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The recent postmodern literary trend toward unorthodox retellings of classic or traditional tales has resulted in a wealth of offerings, ranging in quality from excellent to downright lame. And while Frank Beddor’s Alice in Wonderland remix may lack the scintillating literary brilliance of Gregory Maguire’s Wizard of Oz treatment, it also lacks that book’s moral […]


The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost

In this action-adventure fantasy novel, 14-year-old Sam Faulkner — whose father has just gone mysteriously missing, and not for the first time — discovers a magical stone and book which allow him to travel through time. Assuming that his father is trapped somewhere in history, Sam sets out to try to rescue him, visiting several […]


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Meggie’s father Mo has an unusual gift — he can read characters out of books. Unfortunately, he accidentally discovers his ability while reading from the book Inkheart about a perfectly villainous pair of evildoers, Capricorn and his right-hand man Basta. Meggie and Mo, along with some friends — and another character from Inkheart — must […]