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Five Children and It
by Edith Nesbit
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Five Children and It

Although best known for The Railway Children, E. Nesbit is one of the great masters of the Fairytale genre, alongside such geniuses as Christopher Paolini (Eragon) and C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia.) But these stories existed before the Narnia books. It was Nesbit who invented the idea of children of the (then) current time period encountering magic of past traditions. Like the immortal Narnia books, E. Nesbit’s novelettes are easy reading and rather tame, intended for children. At the same time, the plots are riveting, the characters are well realized, and comedy enlivens the stories. Wet Magic and The Enchanted Castle are good examples, but The Five Children and It is among Nesbit’s greatest achievements. The premise: five children (duh) encounter a comical, grumpy being who grants wishes, but the wishes seem to only lead to trouble and often danger. Full of charm and well worth reading, whatever your age. The Five Children and It is relevant to today, as similar books like Harry Potter continue to hit the shelves and fly off, continuing the tradition E. Nesbit began.

Reviewed by OraclesOfFire on Jul 22, 2011
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Zombies are really big these days. Maybe not as attractive as vampires, but they represent the dark side of undead lore. In this book, set in a post-apocalyptic world, we are introduced to a young girl named Mary, who lives in a tiny village surrounded by a chain link fence. Beyond the village exists the "forest of hands and teeth" which is home to the unconsecrated aka the zombies. Mary's world is ruled by a religious sect known as the Sisterhood, who oversee everything from marriage to funerals. They also promise protection from the unconsecrated. That is until a weak link in the fence releases the unconsecrated upon the village, and forces Mary and her friends to flee into the fence-lined paths of the forest, in a desperate search for a safe haven, and a hope that the ocean Mary's mother always told her about actually exists. This story is both touching and a little scary. It adds a kind of emotional factor you can't really feel in zombie movies.

Reviewed by empressrose on Mar 9, 2010
Browse similar: Fantasy, Scary

California Demon
by Julie Kenner
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California Demon

The first of a series, this book opens up with a average suburban mom. Until she starts fighting demons off that is. Your main character Kate Connor is off on an adventure by the second chapter. She is trying to find a way to balance her new life as a suburban house wife and her old life as a demon hunter. All without letting her family know and still keep them and her friends safe. It's fun and fast paced. There is nothing as exciting as chicks kicking butt. Good for anyone who is 15 and up.

Reviewed by snowbunnie on Mar 2, 2010
Browse similar: Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Mystery

Eragon
by Christopher Paolini
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Eragon

I thought this book is good, even though I'm in the middle of the book at the time. There is a lot of action and adventure, there is a lot of violence for those children under the age of 3.
Anyway it's a good book were a boy named Eragon finds a "stone" which is really a dragon egg, in a magical place called the Spine, when the dragon hatches his uncle dies and he meets an old man, named Brom, to help him fight the Ra'zac and get revenge over his uncle's death! It's a good book so you're a loser if you don't want to read this!

Reviewed by chenpat on Jun 3, 2009
Browse similar: Adventure, Fantasy

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