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Review: Small As An Elephant

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Small As An Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Candlewick. 2011. Brilliance Audio. 2011. Narrated by William Dufris. Reviewed from audio from Brilliance. The Plot: Jack Martel, 11, wakes up on his first day of vacation, hot and worried that he’s overslept. He struggles out of his tent, looks around the camp site and sees — [...]

Review: Havoc

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Havoc by Chris Wooding. Scholastic. 2010. Reviewed from ARC, borrowed from friend. Sequel to Malice. Official Malice website. The Plot: Seth, back in the real world, has just recovered his memories of the dark and dangerous world of Malice. He has barely time to grab a few things, including the mysterious Shard, say good-bye to his [...]

Review: The Ring of Solomon

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The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel by Jonathan Stroud. Disney Hyperion Books. 2010. Reviewed from unedited version from publisher. The Plot: Jerusalem, 950 B.C.E. King Solomon (yes, that King Solomon) rules Israel with wisdom and strength. And a ring — a ring that gives him unbelievable powers. King Solomon controls Israel, including the magicians [...]

Review: Only The Good Spy Young

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Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter. Disney Hyperion. 2010. Personal Copy. The Plot: Life is never boring for Cammie Morgan, Gallagher Girl and spy-in-training. Winter vacation in London with her friend Bex turns into something more. No, really, something much more, even for Cammie. She is going to need all her skills, all [...]

Review: Reckless

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Reckless by Cornelia Funke. Little Brown. 2010. Reviewed from Advance Limited Edition from publisher. The Plot: When Jacob Reckless is twelve years old, he discovers a mirror in his father’s study that takes him into a world where fairy tales are real. Twelve years later, his brother Will follows him through the mirror, eager to discover [...]

Review: The Kneebone Boy

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter. 2010. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. Review from ARC provided for review. The Plot: These are the three Hardscrabble children. Let them introduce themselves: “Otto was the oldest, and the oddest. Then there was Lucia, who wished something interesting would happen. Last of all was Max, who [...]

Review: Ship Breaker

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: In a future America, teenage Nailer works light crew with other teens, scavenging the parts of rusted-out, abandoned ships that only those small and thin enough can get into. If Nailer is lucky, he will bulk up enough to qualify [...]