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Ask a Librarian: Peter Pan

(We love hearing from our readers! Ask-a-Librarian is an occasional feature in which we answer a reader’s email query.) There are plenty of books we have read but not managed to review here, so I’m glad Tamra submitted this question: “I am looking for your review on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan book. We’ve started it 

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015,  370 pages  Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 15 – 18 Recommended for: Ages 16 and up Bottom Line:  The events of one day change Sammy from a moody teenage girl to a fugitive striking out into the west, in an engaging work of historical 

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The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long

The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King, and a Pickpocket Squirrel by Susan Hill Long.  Knopf, 2016, 308 pages Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-up Bottom Line: A few language cautions aside, this medieval fantasy tale illustrates some profound truths about finding oneself in the 

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Retro Reads: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

This title is part of our summer of Great Family Reads. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. David R. Godine, 2010 (reprint; orig. 1930). 315 pages. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended For: All ages (read aloud); ages 8 and up (independent read) Bottom Line:  In this British children’s classic, the brave Swallows (four siblings) 

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The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion, 2016, 376 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 12-15 Bottom Line: This storyline of the series, which focuses on the now mortal god Apollo, is great in theory, but the first book is lackluster and inappropriate for younger readers. 

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