(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
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.
Last year we covered A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is readily available in numerous retellings, picture books, and even coloring pages. We chose this play because there was a local performance available, so we had plenty of resources to try to understand the story ahead of time. This summer, our best option was Henry V.
The Unseen Guest (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3) by Maryrose Wood and illustrated by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins, 2012. 340 pages. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended For: Middle grades, ages 8-12 Bottom Line: When Lord Ashton’s mother shows up with a noted explorer, the hunt is on in this fast-paced third book of the
The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) by Maryrose Wood and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Balzer + Bray, 2010. 313 pages. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended For: Middle grades, ages 8-12 (and up!) Bottom Line: Miss Penelope Lumley and her three young charges are off to London in this humorous, satisfying