Archive | July, 2014

Gathering Blue Review

Rating: **** Suggested Age: 10 Summary: “Left orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frighteningly uncertain future. Her neighbors are hostile and no one but a small boy offers to help. When she is summoned to judgement by the Council of Guardians, Kira prepares to fight […]

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The Giver Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 10 Summary: “Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal–winning tale has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does […]

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Allegiant Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: Mature 12 or 13 Summary: “The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she […]

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Insurgent Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: Mature 12 or 13 Summary: “One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, […]

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Divergent Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: Mature 12 or 13 Summary: “In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must […]

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Harry Potter Series Synopsis

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 9 and 10 When Rowling wrote Harry Potter, the characters were growing up with the audience. Since the characters got older the books became more mature. They were falling in love and taking part in more violent situations. I read the whole series when I was eight because they all were out in […]

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 10 Summary: “Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left […]

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 10 Summary: “The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Hermione scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet…As in all […]

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 10 Summary: “The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know […]

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