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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2013 to Get Pulses Pounding

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TWISTROSE KEY

    OCT. 22, 2013

CHILDREN'S

THE TWISTROSE KEY

by Tone Almhjell ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Fantasy that evokes the classics of yore and stands proudly among them. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

    JULY 23, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    DOLL BONES

    MAY 7, 2013

CHILDREN'S

DOLL BONES

by Holly Black

Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    JINX

    JAN. 8, 2013

CHILDREN'S

JINX

by Sage Blackwood

Unsurprisingly, Jinx displays hints of developing powers beyond the ordinary. Astonishingly, he and his world still seem... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD

    AUG. 15, 2013

CHILDREN'S

TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD

by Ellen Booraem

Like Conor, readers will emerge from this adventure a little bit better equipped for heroism than before Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FLORA & ULYSSES

    SEPT. 24, 2013

CHILDREN'S

FLORA & ULYSSES

by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MONSTER ON THE HILL

    JULY 1, 2013

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

MONSTER ON THE HILL

by Rob Harrell ; illustrated by Rob Harrell

In Stoker-on-Avon, the townsfolk have been feeling a bit dismayed; their monster, a horned, winged creature named Rayburn,... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE

    SEPT. 3, 2013

CHILDREN'S

HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE

by Catherine Jinks ; illustrated by Sarah Watts

Jinks opens her projected trilogy in high style, offering a period melodrama replete with colorful characters, narrow... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON

    MARCH 12, 2013

CHILDREN'S

EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON

by Jackie Morris illustrated by Jackie Morris

This leisurely, lyrical, romantic and realistic version is one to savor and to read aloud, and again, and again. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ROOFTOPPERS

    SEPT. 24, 2013

CHILDREN'S

ROOFTOPPERS

by Katherine Rundell ; illustrated by Terry Fan

Brava! This witty, inventively poetic, fairy-tale–like adventure shimmers with love, magic and music. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE CAME HOME

    JAN. 8, 2013

CHILDREN'S

ONE CAME HOME

by Amy Timberlake

Georgie's story will capture readers' imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NAVIGATING EARLY

    JAN. 8, 2013

CHILDREN'S

NAVIGATING EARLY

by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating this stunning novel requires thought and concentration, but it’s well worth the effort. Full review >

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