Kids & YA

We love getting book reviews from young readers! Here are some new titles recommended by some of our younger reviewers. The future of reading is in good hands.

Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803739192
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - February 16th, 2016

Do you think stealing is an art?  Can you imagine going to school to study how to steal instead of how to do math? If you like topsy turvy tales, this  is the book for you.  Things go completely backwards in the book Pilfer Academy and just maybe everyone will get their things back. But first George and his friend have to learn all kinds of things they never expected and then put it to use.  Lasers, spaghetti and the unusual dean of the school are just a few of the highlights! Whirlyblerg!

Ava Watson

Grade 4


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385755559
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Yearling Books - March 8th, 2016

This book is pretty funny, and very enjoyable.  Its about a girl that finds chickens that were left behind by her great Uncle Jim.  She soon discovers they aren't your everyday ordinary chickens, and is led on many adventures.  I strongly recommend this book. 

Lily Wright, Grade 2


Ravenous Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062272744
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperCollins - February 9th, 2016

I would give this book 4.5 stars. It kept me engaged throughout the whole book. I liked how loyal Greta is to her younger brother, Hans, and how she is willing to do anything for him. All along, she is learning how important friendship and trust is with her new half-horse half-human hybrid friend, Dalen. I also liked how  the author, MarcyKate Connolly, included a child-eating witch in a walking chicken house in this one-of-a-kind, amazing, fantasy story!

Isabelle Tancreti


The Girl Who Could Not Dream Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544464971
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Clarion Books - November 3rd, 2015

Sophie’s parents own a bookstore with a hidden shop underneath where they collect and sell bottled dreams. One day, Sophie secretly drinks a dream and figures out that she can make dreams become real. From the drink, she ends up with a pet monster with six tentacles who can talk. She decides to call him Monster.  But then her parents and all the dreams in the shop disappear. Sophie, Monster, and a few other friends try to figure out who took them, and it leads to some really spooky adventures.

This book was even better than Harry Potter (even though I’m obsessed with Harry)! I recommend it to people who are into magic and like adventures and scary stories.

Amanda Selin, Age 9


Valkyrie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447379
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Aladdin - February 2nd, 2016

Freya is a Valkyrie. Valkyrie’s are soul collectors, and Freya secretly leaves Valhalla (the place where Valkyries live) on a mission to save a family from harm. While she is trying to find the family, she becomes friends with a boy named Archie. But Orien (ruler of Valhalla) soon finds out that Freya went into the human world, and he is bubbling with anger! When Orien sends out dark searchers, it is up to Freya and Archie to escape!

I LOVED this book! I stayed up all night and read it (secretly) when I wasn’t supposed to. The characters were really good, and the story was very creative.

Lauren Selin, age 9


Little Cat's Luck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481424882
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2016

I loved Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer so much that I read the whole book the day I got it. It's sort of written in poetry form and sometimes you can't read it left to right or top to bottom. Little Cat's Luck is about Patches, a cat who has never gone outside her house until one day she chases a golden leaf outside the front window and busts out the window screen (the glass part was open) chasing the golden leaf, but Patches did  not know the adventure that awaited her to find a special place just for her, and nobody else. I think everybody should read this book. DO NOT MISS!!!!!

Reviewed by Svea Bengtsson