Tag Archives: All ages

Click Here to Start (2016)

Rating: 4.2 stars Escape rooms meets secret family historical mystery (emphasis on the mystery, less on the history). Ted’s an online escape room pro. He plays the games all the time, and has a knack for figuring out the right … Continue reading

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (2014)

Rating: 4 Stars. Callum Hunt has been told by his father that he has to fail the Iron Trial, an entrance exam into a magic school, in order to keep him safe from the Magisterium. Despite Callum’s efforts, he finds … Continue reading

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker (2016)

Rating: 4 stars. The story centres around Peter (a young boy) and Pax (a fox raised by Peter as a pet). After a difficult separation, Peter works to try and get Pax back. This was an adorable tale and I … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (2010)

Rating: 3.9 stars. It’s 1841 and Japan is deep into their isolationism. A Japanese fishing boat sinks, only to be rescued by Americans. Fourteen year old Manjiro learns all he can about the new culture and is keen for the … Continue reading

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The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (2013)

Rating: 3.6 Jackson Opus learns that his persuasive techniques are a little more than just your average charm. When he is initially accepted into a unique program at the Sentia institute, he puts his hypnotic abilities into practice, where he … Continue reading

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Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai (2010)

Rating: 3.5 stars. Fadi and his family escape Afganistan in the summer of 2001, but through an unfortunate event, his younger sister is left behind. Fadi attempts to adjust to American life, blaming himself for Mariam’s loss and finding hope … Continue reading

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (2015)

Rating:3.5 Stars. In a world where the “Great Library” is the ruling power, and alchemy runs wild, Jess Brightwell lives amongst the underbelly of the world, fully of black market deals and illegal actions. Jess finds himself sent for training … Continue reading

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