Children's & Teen Recommended Books
Here are our staff's recommendations for children and teens. There's something for every age group. Some of our most recent picks are listed below.
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This is a wonderfully satisfying conclusion to the Princess Academy books. We have come to love spunky, creative, and even fierce Miri who stands up to injustice and finds ways to right wrongs. Now she is sent, against her wishes, to a remote, swampy area to tutor three sisters in etiquette as well as academics, but basic survival takes priority. When a mysterious past begins to unravel, all of Miri's talents are tested. Ages 10-14. - Carol.
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Well-developed characters, a thriller plot that starts quietly and ratchets up the tension and paranoia - to read Masterminds is to know why Gordon Korman ends up again and again on kids' best-loved books lists. Serenity is the perfect town, isn't it? When a group of determined kids start peeking behind the façade, walls start to crumble. Ages 9+. - Rosemary
An impala, an octopus, and a mosquito make a quirky but exuberant band of friends with a dream – pooling their talents to win a car detailing contest and open their own garage. With Spanish mixed in (and translated), their journey into space makes their car truly cosmic. Pick up a bit of knowledge on cars and astronomy at the same time. Ages 6+. - Rosemary
The year is 2073 when a visitor comes to a very remote island. It is a stunningly, disturbingly perfect place. No one even ages. In seven stories going back, way back, in time we see a painter, vampire, Viking, and others that are connected to this island and bound in some way by an agonizing love. Ages 14+. - Carol.
A charming and magical adventure about a 12-year-old girl named Twig, red moons, pink apple pie and a 200-year-old spell! Mysterious but not too scary, this sweet, enchanting tale is ultimately about acceptance, forgiveness and love. Ages 10+. - Abbe
An adventurous girl and a purple hippo named Louise make the most of the year. As seasons change, perhaps not ALL goes as planned. But imagination and true friends always help you make the most of it.
Nick's bold palette and gentle sensibilities are on full display. The creator of Bad Kitty can do no wrong. Ages 4+. - Rosemary
Three cheers, Bink and Gollie are back! The creative trio, consisting of writers DiCamillo and McGhee and animator Tony Fucile, return after winning the 2011 Geisel for their first collaboration. Three new episodes offer more delectable vocabulary supported by humorous illustrations. State Fair lovers will delight in the chosen setting for the chapters depicting a wonderful friendship. - Linda
The conclusion to The Books of Beginning trilogy is bittersweet. I had to race to the end to find out what happens to the characters I've come to love, but dreaded saying goodbye. As always, Stephens recaps past events well, and weaves a fast-paced tale with both beloved friends and new allies and enemies. This set ranks at the top of children's fantasy series, and is a must read for Harry Potter and Phillip Pullman fans. Ages 9+. - Rosemary