New Book Reviews for Kids

Below are staff reviews of select new books in the Youth Services Department.
For a list of all the new and forthcoming Youth books, click here.

New Book Reviews

The Copper Gauntlet

by Cassandra Clare

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf.  Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call.  When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium.  He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself.  A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.

Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.

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Other books by Cassandra Clare

Stories set in schools of magic include:

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, School Location: J Fiction
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The Copper Gauntlet

by Holly Black

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf.  Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call.  When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium.  He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself.  A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.

Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.

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Other books by Holly Black

Other books by Cassandra Clare

Stories set in schools of magic include:

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, School Location: J Fiction
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Escape to the World's Fair

by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

The orphans are on the run again in this third book of the Wanderville series.  Their dream is to make a permanent, safe home in California, but how will they get there?  Fortune brings them a chance to earn a huge reward that would finance their journey if they can deliver a strange medallion to someone at the 1904 World's Fair in St.Louis.  Can they make the trip without being found by the evil Miss DeHaven from the Children's Aid Society?  Will everyone stay together in the new "family" they have found?  Who can they trust?  McClure has written another fast paced page turner.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the library on January 9th.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Location: J Fiction
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The Tournament at Gorlan

by John Flanagan

Reading Level: Grades  5-8

Attention Ranger's Apprentice fans!  Adventures in the Kingdom of Araluen are back with this first volume of the Early Years prequel series which trace the adventures of two young rangers, Halt and Crowley, during one of the most dangerous times in the Kingdom of Araluen.   Brilliant, lethal Baron Morgarath  has isolated King Oswald and discredited the crown prince.  As part of his plan Morgarath has corrupted the King's staunchest allies, the Ranger corps. Determined to save the kingdom Crowley and Halt embark on a desperate race to find and recruit the scattered loyal Rangers before it is too late.

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Other books for action-lovers include:

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and

Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell

Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Cakes in Space

by Philip Reeve

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and

Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Humor, Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Cakes in Space

by Sarah McIntyre

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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Other books by Philip Reeve

If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and

Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Humor, Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Summer Showers

by Kate Hannigan

Reading level: Grades 3 - 4

The entire Bumpus family is together again for their annual summer vacation.  Cousins Delia and Willow are determined to carry on as chefs despite Willow's broken hand.  There's lots to do.  They hope to drum up business for the new Arts and Eats cafe with a winning entry at the county fair.  They also plan to cater Aunt Rosie's baby shower and Delia really hopes she'll be able to find the heirloom ring that grandma gave her.  Could it have fallen into some batter?  The second entry in the Cupcake Cousins series has new Kate Hannigan tested recipes.  Readers will relish this lively, sweet celebration of family.

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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The Sword of Summer

by Rick Riordan

Reading Level: Grades 6-9

The author of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series strikes gold again in this first episode of his new series "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard." 

Magnus Chase has been living on the streets ever since the wolves burst into the apartment and killed his mother.  With her last breath she told him to hide and never go to his uncle for help.    On his sixteenth birthday he can hide no more.  Fate, in the form of his uncle, has found him. In moments Magnus recovers (and loses) a powerful, magical sword, fights a ferocious fire giant, dies and is taken to Valhalla, a paradise for warriors, where he discovers he is the son of the god of spring and summer.

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If you enjoyed this Norse mythological adventure try:

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythological Location: JY Fiction
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Archie the Daredevil Penguin

by Andy Rash

Reading Level: Grades PreK - 3

All the other penguins know that Archie is fearless.  He has climbed to the summit of Nosebleed Mountain among other exploits.  But he's hiding a secret; he's afraid to swim and doesn't know how he'll get to Iceberg Nine for the fish fry.  After various attempts to fly there, Archie learns to overcome his fear of the ocean and the creatures that live there.  Rash's hilarious illustrations with sound bubbles will have you clapping for Archie along with his penguin friends!

Meet author/illustrator Andy Rash at the library on January 9th.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Location: Picture Books
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First Grade Dropout

by Audrey Vernick

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

Is there anyone who hasn't done something that is so embarrassing that they don't want to face the witnesses?  In this book the boy's horrible blunder was, "I. Called. My. Teacher. MOMMY!!!"  The class and laughed and now he sees no alternative but to drop out of school.  The illustrations are Jules Feiffer-like.  There's a great one that shows the image of the boy's class as a marching band all shouting "Ha Ha"   and wearing caps that say "MOMMY."  In the end the boy learns a little about laughing off mistakes and laughing at others.

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Other books written or illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Meet illustrator Matthew Cordell at the library on January 9th.

Illustrator: Matthew Cordell Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Friends, Humor, School, Self Image Location: Picture Books
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