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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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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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Shakespeare Summer: Some General Principles (applied to a difficult play)

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. 

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The Unseen Guest (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3) by Maryrose Wood

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 

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The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) by Maryrose Wood

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 

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