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Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.  Random House, 2016, 193 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 6-12, especially boys Bottom Line: The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. In 

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Puffin Books, 2001 (first published 1982). 199 pages. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 8-10 Recommended For: Read Aloud to ages 4 and up, independent reading for ages 8 and up Bottom Line: After the BFG snatches Sophie from her orphanage, she learns a lot about giants 

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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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Apollo

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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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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