Books by Iacopo Bruno

THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER by Jessica Lawson
Released: July 22, 2014

"Delightful. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Here's a different Becky Thatcher: She spews spitballs, prefers overalls to dresses, takes dares from boys and tracks down criminals. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). Read full book review >
SUITCASE OF STARS by P.D. Baccalario
Released: March 1, 2014

"Bruno's elegant, steampunk-ish illustrations elevate the story, but its slow start and overreliance on dei ex machina flaw it. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Teeming fantasy trappings largely substitute for internal logic in this meandering tale of a pop-up shop extraordinaire. Read full book review >
THE DARK LADY by Alessandro Gatti
by Alessandro Gatti, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, translated by Chris Turner
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Enjoyable brainteaser with a period flavor. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In this charming mystery/adventure mashup set in 1870, the boy Sherlock Holmes and two equally fictional friends, Irene Adler and Arsène Lupin, solve a puzzle involving a dead burglar and a stolen necklace. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by Cynthia Voigt
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When Max's unpredictable actor parents leave home without him, he earns money by finding the lost things of others. But can he find his parents? Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani
Released: May 14, 2013

"Rich and strange (and kitted out with an eye-catching cover), but stronger in the set pieces than the internal logic. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Chainani works an elaborate sea change akin to Gregory Maguire's Wicked (1995), though he leaves the waters muddied. Read full book review >
THE SPINDLERS by Lauren Oliver
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud. (Final illustrations not seen.) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Liza must venture Below to rescue her little brother's soul, stolen by evil, power-hungry spider people called spindlers, in this refreshingly creepy, intricately woven tale. Read full book review >
BROTHER FROM A BOX by Evan Kuhlman
Released: May 1, 2012

"Equally entertaining and thought-provoking, this one will appeal to science-fiction and suspense fans as well as those readers who tend toward more character and relationship-focused selections. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Who wouldn't want a French-speaking, beret-wearing robot for a brother? Read full book review >
CITY OF WIND by Pierdomenico Baccalario
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Clever writing and a pell-mell plot will win over readers new to the series and satisfy its fans (Adventure. 12 & up) "
This third installment in this four-book teen thriller series continues the adventures of a multicultural group of teens in the mysterious mission that they know is important to Earth's survival, this time in Paris. Read full book review >