Tag Archives: Magic

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry Publisher: Disney Editions

The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)

Rating: (128 reviews) Author: George Selden Publisher: Square Fish Product Description Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station. […]

The Name of this Book Is Secret

Rating: (39 reviews) Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Product Description This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story. When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of […]

Ranger’s Apprentice: Erak’s Ransom

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: John Flanagan Publisher: Philomel Product Description What does it mean to earn the Silver Oakleaf? So few men have done so. For Will, a mere boy, that symbol of honor has long felt out of reach. Now, in the wake of Araluen’s uneasy truce with the raiding Skandians comes word that […]

The Little Prince Pop-Up

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Publisher: HMH Books Amazon.com Review Product Description After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life. For over sixty-five years […]

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic

Rating: (52 reviews) Author: Mark Wilson Publisher: Running Press Kids Product Description From one of the world’s premier practitioners of classic magic, with years of experience instructing younger readers in the magical arts, comes this new revision of his complete guide to learning and performing fantastic feats of prestidigitation. Acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times […]

Where is Baby’s Mommy?

Rating: (38 reviews) Author: Publisher: Little Simon Product Description Is Mommy behind the chair? Is Mommy behind the plant? Join baby as he plays hide-and-seek with Mommy. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps in this delightful interactive book are perfect for parents and children to share.

Easy Mind-Reading Tricks

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Robert Mandelberg Publisher: Sterling Product Description Dazzle friends, family, and acquaintances with a series of mind-blowing psychic feats that will have them demanding an encore. Robert Mandelberg–comedian, magician, puzzle master, and author of Mind Reading Card Tricks and Mystifying Mind-Reading Tricks, among others–presents the topic as no one else can. With […]

Everybody Needs a Rock (An Aladdin Book)

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Byrd Baylor Publisher: Aladdin Product Description Everybody needs a rock — at least that’s the way this particular rock hound feels about it in presenting her own highly individualistic rules for finding just the right rock for you.


Rating: (16 reviews) Author: Melissa De La Cruz Publisher: Hyperion When we last left off with Schuyler Van Alen, she was just getting used to the news of being a Blue Blood, or what we normally label them as, a vampire. She gets invited into the New York Blood Bank Committee and, before she knows […]


Rating: (200 reviews) Author: Cornelia Funke Publisher: The Chicken House Amazon.com Just a few chapters into Inkspell, Mo (a.k.a. “Silvertongue”) sagely says to his daughter, “Stories never really end, Meggie, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin […]

High Rhulain (Redwall)

Rating: (26 reviews) Author: Brian Jacques Publisher: Ace Book Description The otters of Green Isle have long been enslaved to the Wildcat Riggu Felis and his catguards, who torture the otters at every opportunity. The otters trudge on, waiting for the day their savior will arrive—the prophesized High Rhulain, who will lead them in battle […]

Salamandastron (Redwall, Book 5)

Rating: (136 reviews) Author: Brian Jacques Publisher: Puffin Amazon.com As the inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of the long, hot summer, they are unaware that the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Nor do they realize that Mara, beloved daughter of Urthsipe, Badger Lord […]

Pokemon Get Well Pikachu! #6 (Pokemon, Reader)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Tracey West Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Book Description IT’S SHOCKING!Pikachu is sick. He has too much electricity and he’s zapping everything in sight! He cannot go outside and play. He has to rest. But that does not stop Team Rocket from trying to steal Pikachu! Can Pikachu’s new friends help him hide? […]

Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom! (Dora the Explorer (8×8))

Author: Artful Doodlers Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Book Description A mean octopus has dumped garbage all over Mermaid Kingdom! The only way to save the mermaids is to find the magic crown! Come along with everyone’s favorite explorer, Dora, as she crosses the Seashell Bridge, goes through Pirate Island, and then goes to the Silly Sea. […]

The Golden Compass, Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials, Book 1)

Rating: (1372 reviews) Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Amazon.com Some books improve with age–the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman’s heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist […]

Prom Nights from Hell

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Lauren Myracle, Michele Jaffe Publisher: HarperTeen Book Description In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl) take bad prom nights to a whole new […]

Life As We Knew It

Rating: (42 reviews) Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Amazon.com It’s almost the end of Miranda’s sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver’s license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of […]

Practical Guide to Dragons

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Lisa Trumbauer Publisher: Mirrorstone Amazon.com Did you know dragons hate sweet flavors? Or that the Draconic word for ugly is “nurh”? Or that the best place to find a green dragon is behind a waterfall? Any dragon buff worth his or her salt needs to know the ins and outs of […]


Rating: (69 reviews) Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: HarperTeen Book Description When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take the young witch’s skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free […]

Snowmen at Night

Rating: (23 reviews) Author: Caralyn Buehner Publisher: Dial Book Description Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner’s […]

Eragon / Eldest (Inheritance, Books 1 & 2)

Rating: (118 reviews) Author: Christopher Paolini Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Book Description In the #1 New York Times bestselling novels Eragon and Eldest, fifteen year-old Eragon discovers his destiny as a Dragon Rider. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and his dragon must navigate […]

The Twilight Collection (Twilight)

Author: Stephenie Meyer Publisher: Little Brown and Company Book Description Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse capture the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This stunning set includes three hardcover books, two full-color posters and exclusive tattoos, and makes the perfect gift for fans of this bestselling vampire […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

Rating: (5389 reviews) Author: J.K. Rowling Publisher: Scholastic Amazon.com Say you’ve spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in […]

The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)

Rating: (153 reviews) Author: Susan Cooper Publisher: Simon Pulse Amazon.com “When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, Three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; Five will return, and one go alone.” With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is […]

Eragon/Eldest Trade Paperback Boxed Set

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Christopher Paolini Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires, Book 3)

Rating: (8 reviews) Author: Rachel Caine Publisher: NAL Jam Book Description Claire Danvers’s college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. […]

The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set

Rating: (19 reviews) Author: Garth Nix Publisher: Eos Book Description To preserve life,the Abhorsen must enter Death

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2)

Rating: (598 reviews) Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com With The Golden Compass Philip Pullman garnered every accolade under the sun. Critics lobbed around such superlatives as “elegant,” “awe-inspiring,” “grand,” and “glittering,” and used “magnificent” with gay abandon. Each reader had a favorite chapter–or, more likely, several–from the opening tour de force to Lyra’s […]

Tsubasa 15: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Clamp Publisher: Del Rey Book Description ONCE A CITY, NOW A WASTELAND . . . Kurogane, Syaoran, Fai, Mokona, and Princess Sakura have come upon a desert of shifting sands and ruined skyscrapers. This postapocalyptic nightmare is all that remains of the booming metropolis that was Tokyo, and the survivors are […]

The Quillan Games (Pendragon)

Rating: (38 reviews) Author: D. J. MacHale Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Book Description Let the Games Begin…. Quillan is a territory on the verge of destruction. The people have lost control of their own future and must struggle simply to survive. The only chance they have of finding a better life is by […]

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Rating: (227 reviews) Author: Robin Mckinley Publisher: Eos Amazon.com This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, […]

Sons of Destiny (Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 12

Rating: (25 reviews) Author: Darren Shan Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Book Description Time seemed to collapse… There was a sharp stabbing sensation in my stomach… Steve crowed, “Now I have you! Now you’re gonna die!” Dead if he loses – damned if he wins. The time has finally come for Darren to face his […]

Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1)

Rating: (205 reviews) Author: Scott Westerfeld Publisher: Simon Pulse Amazon.com Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The “New […]

The Amber Spyglass, Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials, Book 3)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Warriors: Warrior’s Refuge

Author: Erin Hunter Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Grandfather Tang’s Story (Dragonfly Books)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Ann Tompert Publisher: Dragonfly Books Book Description “Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker’s pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions.”–The Bulletin of the […]

Sir Thursday (The Keys To The Kingdom, Book 4)

Rating: (27 reviews) Author: Garth Nix Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Book Description On the fourth day there was war… Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his […]

The Darkest Hour (Warriors, Book 6)

Rating: (105 reviews) Author: Erin Hunter Publisher: HarperTrophy Book Description ThunderClan’s darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar’s quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: […]

Pickles To Pittsburgh

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Judi Barrett Publisher: Aladdin Amazon.com In Pickles to Pittsburgh, the Barretts’ sequel to the delightfully funny, bestselling Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, we check back in with Kate and Henry as they eagerly await Grandpa’s return from an unusual vacation. Kate dreams about a postcard Grandpa has sent, and the […]

Shadowbred (The Twilight War, Book 1)

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Paul S. Kemp Publisher: Wizards of the Coast Book Description The Lady has spoken to me. It has already begun. Shadows move out of the shrinking desert, south to the rich and arrogant cities of Sembia. “Be brave, little man,” says the shadowman, and the boy thinks his voice is surprisingly […]

Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Kathleen Duey Publisher: Atheneum Book Description Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A “magician” stole her family’s few valuables and left Sadima’s mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old […]

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin Publisher: Hyperion

Specials (Uglies)

Rating: (59 reviews) Author: Scott Westerfeld Publisher: Simon Pulse Book Description “Special Circumstances”: The words have sent chills down Tally’s spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor — frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But […]

The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon)

Rating: (68 reviews) Author: D. J. MacHale Publisher: Aladdin Book Description THE BATTLE CONTINUES. The struggle of good versus evil continues as Bobby Pendragon follows Saint Dane to the territory of Zadaa. Saint Dane’s influence has fueled the fire of discontent between two warring tribes: the Rokador and the Batu. This is also the territory […]

The Sweet Far Thing

Author: Libba Bray Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Book Description IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the […]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up

Rating: (113 reviews) Author: L. Frank Baum Publisher: Little Simon Amazon.com To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has created a pop-up version of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz that fans will find hard to resist. Modeling his depictions of Dorothy, the […]

Physik (Septimus Heap, Book 3)

Rating: (24 reviews) Author: Angie Sage Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Book Description When Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace, he releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she’s still up to no good. Her […]

Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2)

Rating: (81 reviews) Author: Scott Westerfeld Publisher: Simon Pulse Book Description Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the […]


Rating: (20 reviews) Author: Robin McKinley Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Book Description Jake Mendoza lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. Smokehill is home to about two hundred of the few remaining draco australiensis, which is extinct in the wild. Keeping a preserve for dragons is controversial: detractors say dragons […]