Guest Review: "Prisoners Under Glass" by R. Patrick

Young readers who love big, bold action, boisterous high jinks and bizarre images, all mixed up with a bunch of people prone to snappy dialog learning to rely on each other in life-and-death situations, will get a kick out of Prisoners Under Glass.   [Read more...]

Guest Review: "Lyranel's Song" by Leslie Carmichael

Lyranel's Song by Leslie Carmichael is a book that thoughtful children can relax into and enjoy. The action is steady without being relentless, leaving room for characters to lead lives that young girls, in particular, could imagine themselves living. The two young readers (age 11) that I field-tested the book on often interrupted to supplement the commentary or make suggestions for what characters might do, which I always consider a good sign.   [Read more...]

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

The Two Princesses of Bamarre, by Gail Carson Levine. I don't often get to recommend children's books. Written by the author of the Newberry Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, a coward finds her courage when her sister needs her most.

KFYI #31: Children's SFF

Science fiction and fantasy is a lot like heroin: get the kids hooked on it now and their junkies for life!

Who can argue the success of Harry Potter, or Terry Pratchett's Discworld series? Many contemporary authors are releasing young adult books, and kids are gobbling them up at a frenzied pace.   [Read more...]