Tag Archives: Mystery & Horror

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 […]


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 […]

The Christmas Candle

Rating: (8 reviews) Author: Richard Paul Evans Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Amazon.com Would you be more responsive to a brother’s request for money than to a beggar’s request for money? This is the question that Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box, asks his readers to consider in The Christmas Candle, a […]


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 […]

Demonata #2, The: Demon Thief: Book 2 in The Demonata series (Demonata)

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Darren Shan Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Book Description Kernel Fleck has always known he’s weird. He sees lights. Strange, multi-colored patches of light, swirling through the air. But it’s not until a window opens into a demon world, with horrific consequences, that Kernel discovers his powers. As a Disciple, his […]

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 […]

Fruits Basket, Volume 18

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Natsuki Takaya Publisher: TokyoPop Product Description As rumors swirl about Machi trying to kill her little brother, Kakeru figures that the only person who can get the truth out of her is Yuki. But when the two of them visit her, they learn a shocking secret. Later, Motoko wants to tell […]

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 […]

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1)

Rating: (150 reviews) Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com “Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.” Philip Pullman begins his Sally Lockhart trilogy with a bang in The Ruby in the Smoke–a fast-paced, finely crafted thriller set in a rogue- and scalawag-ridden Victorian London. His […]

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 […]

52, Vol. 2

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid Publisher: DC Comics Book Description After the INFINITE CRISIS, the DC Universe spent a yearwithout Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.A year in which those heroeswere needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance.The story of 52 continues […]

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 Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

Rating: (2838 reviews) Author: J. K. Rowling Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Amazon.com Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling […]

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 […]

Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Book 2) (Ivy and Bean)

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall Publisher: Chronicle Books Book Description Best friends Ivy and Bean are back and looking for adventure in the second installment of this engaging new series. This time they’ve made an amazing discovery a ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and […]

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

Sure Fire

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Jack Higgins, Justin Richards Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Book Description The first young adult novel from legendary New York Times-bestselling author Jack Higgins. For thirty years, Jack Higgins has enraptured adult readers with his thrilling tales of spies and intrigue. Now, for the first time he brings his bestselling touch to the […]

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

Naruto, Volume 22

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Masashi Kishimoto Publisher: VIZ Media LLC Book Description While Naruto and the others continue to track down the Sound Ninja Four, Sasuke comes closer than ever to fulfilling a dark destiny. Has the time come for Sasuke to take his place in Orochimaru’s ultimate master plan?

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 […]

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Rating: (8 reviews) Author: Ally Carter Publisher: Hyperion Book Description After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give upher first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester.But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to thepremier school in the world…for spies.Cammie may have a genius […]


Rating: (660 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: Amistad Amazon.com “Monster” is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the “all clear” to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at 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 […]

Claymore Vol. 10 (Claymore) (Claymore)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Norihiro Yago Publisher: VIZ Media LLC Book Description Clare and a group of Claymores are sent to the north to battle a group of Yoma that have banded together under the command of Isley, a powerful Awakened Being. When the warriors arrive, they find their new enemies to be unusually dangerous. […]

Naruto, Volume 23

Author: Masashi Kishimoto Publisher: VIZ Media LLC Book Description Orochimaru’s nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he and the others must battle they mysterious Kimamaro, who has deadly past ties to The Sound Ninja Four!

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 […]