BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Conspiracy 365 Series

AUTHOR: Gabrielle Lord (Australia)

INFO/ISSUES: A 12-book series (one for each month); also has its own website Issues of death, running away, solving a mystery, friendship, family, trust. Suspenseful, but in a "safe" way.

AGES: Recommended for boys ages 10-15, or as a read-aloud-to-the-class for ages 10-14. Might attract reluctant male readers.

PLOT: "They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days." A 15 y.o. boy must race against time (and the 'baddies' - thugs and police) as a wanted fugitive to solve the mystery of his father's death and a centuries-old family secret.

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Mystery. RATING: 5 stars.

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