Tag Archives: Juvenile

Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins

After the events of Catching Fire, our 17-year-old heroine Katniss finds herself part of some rebel plot hatched by the supposedly destroyed District 13 to overthrow the evil Capitol…

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins

The second book in the Hunger Games series starts off innocuously enough. Fresh from her status as the winner of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen travels through the other oppressed districts of the nation of Panem on a victory tour…

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games debuted just a few years ago and quickly sold many millions and was snatched up for a movie. In short, the book’s exposure is universal, and anyone who’s anyone has already read the whole trilogy by now…

Moominvalley in November
Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson, the dreary Finn, is at it again for one last time. Moominvalley in November is the last of the Moomin books (which is a shame), and it reads more like a suicide note than a children’s book…

Into the Dark
Nicholas Wilde

Into the Dark is one of those books that a publisher couldn’t resist, I’m sure. Not only is its main character (whose name I forget. I think it was actually David. Or maybe Christopher…) blind, but he makes friends with a ghost! How, might you ask…?

The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of The Neverending Story, and have heard of it because of the movie. The movie, in its own way, is a classic of the fantasy film genre of the 1980s (whose king, of course, is Labyrinth), and is quite enjoyable, but it differs in a couple key ways…

Prince Caspian
C. S. Lewis

In Prince Caspian, Peter et al. return to Narnia after a year’s absence to cause more mischief. They’ve been called by Prince Caspian, who’s fleeing for his life. His uncle, who, unbeknownst to him, killed his father to ascend the throne, has just had a son, so he no longer has a need for a nephew, and so he decides to kill him…

Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons
Rose Estes

If you’re like me, you hear the name “Rose Estes” and wonder, “Who?” It amazes me, to be honest, that someone like Estes could have been so thoroughly forgotten by the pages of history while second-rate authors like Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Ernest Hemingway remain in the public consciousness…

The Egypt Game
Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Egypt Game is a great read-aloud, and a fair introduction to ancient Egyptian mythology for elementary students…

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
Walter Moers

At the outset, we’re told that Bluebear lives 27 lives, and that in this book we get to hear about 13.5 of them (“a bear must have his secrets, after all”, he says). Bluebear is, indeed, a blue bear that lives on the mythical continent of Zamonia, which existed at one time somewhere in the Atlantic (west of Africa and Europe, east of the Americas, and south of Greenland). His earliest memory is of being adrift on a walnut shell in a vast ocean…