Magic mirror

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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goblin's puzzle

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton

The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice, by Andrew S. Chilton.  Knopf, 2016, 279 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-15 Bottom Line: This lively tale combines a fairy-tale plot and likeable characters—even a likeable dragon—with philosophical musings. The Boy has nothing, 

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little dee

Little Dee and the Penguin by Christopher Baldwin

Little Dee and the Penguin by Christopher Baldwin.  Dial, 206, 128 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: 8-up Bottom Line: Sunny and warm, this graphic novel combines a wildly implausible plot with distinct personalities—and lots of laughs. Little Dee, who appears to be about 5, lives happily with her park-ranger dad until 

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eye of midnight

The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach

The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach.  Delacorte, 2016, 234 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-14 Bottom Line: A thrilling tale set in 1920s New York pits three children against a foe that bears an uncanny resemblance to modern-day Islamism. New York City, 1929: Cousins William and Maxine barely remember their 

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astrotwins

Astrotwins: Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly

Astrotwins: Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly and Martha Freeman.  Simon and Shuster, 2015, 201 pages Reading Level: 8-10 Recommended for: 8-12 Bottom Line: Solid science fiction is delivered by an author who knows his stuff, though the materialist worldview is worth talking about. If the name Mark Kelly sounds familiar, it’s because he’s a former 

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