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Review: The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick

In The Book of Dead Days, Marcus Sedgwick introduces us to Boy, a teenage orphan who is the servant and apprentice to a stage magician named Valerian. Valerian is on a quest to find a book that will help him get … Continue reading

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Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Gris Grimly

Four of Poe’s classic tales are presented here. In The Black Cat, a man blames his black cat for his descent into murder and madness, The Masque of the Red Death is a tale about nobles who hole up in a castle in … Continue reading

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Review: Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac retells a tale from the Mohawk Indians about a man who was so hungry he ate his own flesh, leaving nothing but a skeleton, and then ate the rest of his family with the exception of a young … Continue reading

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Review: The Hollow: Mischief by Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore

Third in the series, the continuing saga of siblings Aimee and Shane Lancaster, descendants of Ichabod Crane, who is responsible for the many demons, spirits, and creatures that haunt Sleepy Hollow.  Aimee and Shane feel a duty to track down … Continue reading

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Review: Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar, illustrated by Jim Kay

 Don’t make the mistake of thinking these stories are for children. They’re not (just in case the impressive cover art didn’t give it away). With this collection of short stories, children’s writer David Lubar has crossed into the world of … Continue reading

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Review: Bloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz

 Bloody Horowitz is a collection of short, scary stories by Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider books.  It is a little dark and, at times, a little gory.  But it also had me cracking up. From the forward (“Why Horror Has … Continue reading

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Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Others are coming.  In five waves, they have been laying waste to everything we are and think of us as nothing more than annoying insects, or a disease that needs to be eradicated.  The first wave crippled the world.  … Continue reading

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Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

I first learned of Ashfall in November of 2011, and I should have reviewed it long before now. It was chosen by more than one professional journal as one of the best young adult novels written in 2011, and I definitely agree … Continue reading

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, but it is not the “Cinderella” from your childhood or from the landmark animated film.  It is the first of four books in The Lunar Chroniclesseries; future volumes will deal with “Little Red Riding Hood”, … Continue reading

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue is the only non-psychic in a household of psychic women, and all of them have predicted with certainty that when she kisses her true love, he will die. On St. Mark’s Eve, when the veil between the world of … Continue reading

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