Aliens on Vacation

By Clete Barrett Smith


One Word Summary: Intergalac-tastic.


This book made me understand, in the most enthusiastic way possible, why people want to believe in aliens,


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The Clockwork Three

By Matthew J. Kirby


One Word Summary: Mawkish.


Should Kirby produce another book, I’ll be willing to pretend that The Clockwork Three, his debut novel, never happened.


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One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia


One Word Summary: Vibrant.

That crack you hear when opening the first pages of ‘One Crazy Summer’ isn’t the binding breaking open, it’s the sound of a starting pistol launching a story that runs with grace, speed and power.


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A Tale Dark & Grimm

By Adam Gidwitz


One Word Summary: Playful.


Gidwitz creatins a new depiction of several stories from the Grimm universe, smattering them with generous streaks of blood and gore, like a psychopathic Jackson Pollock.


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The Secret of Zoom

By Lynne Jonell


One Word Summary: Zippy.


With endless creativity and skillful pacing, it’s as if Jonell has made all the most thrilling plot choices for you


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The Emerald Atlas

By John Stephens


One Word Summary: Calculated.


Stephens may have the machinery of a great children’s fantasy book, but he lacks the engine.


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The Black Book of Secrests

By F.E. Higgins


One Word Summary: Dickensian.


If we gave more than just one word in our One Word Summaries, I might call this work, “A Pretty Solid Start”.


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How to Rock Braces and Glasses

By Meg Haston


One Word Summary: Off-Key.


As far as learning ‘How to Rock Braces and Glasses’, here’s to hoping the TV show rocks a little harder than the book does.


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The Girl Behind the Glass

By Jane Kelley


One Word Summary: Spectral.


For some, like me, this book will lack bite, but for younger readers it may be just the right amount of scary.


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The Tower of Geburah

By John White


One Word Summary: Magical.


Much like its predecessors, Geburah successfully carry on the tradition of a wildly adventurous other-worldly fantasy.


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Shoeless Joe

By W.P. Kinsella


One Word Summary: Heavy-Handed.



I wanted to like the book. I really did.


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Wonderstruck

By Brian Selznick


One Word Summary: Uneven.


Without the hunger for another Hugo providing the initial excitement in the book’s first few pages, Wonderstruck’s overall effect is at best moving and at worst reaching and awkward.


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