(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
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
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
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)
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.