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Word Play: An archive of past reviews

Word Play: Old myths and teen heroes

Word Play: Josephine Angelini's 'Starcrossed' and Meg Cabot's 'Abandon' find fresh inspiration in Greek mythology.

Word Play: Calling all dark lords, wizards and orphans

Word Play: Calling all dark lords, wizards and orphans

Word Play: Apart but not forgotten

Word Play: Of bullies and bad boys

Word Play: Of bullies and bad boys

Word Play: Return to a recycled planet

In 'Sapphique,' the sequel to 'Incarceron,' Catherine Fisher continues the adventures of her young heroes in a world with a mind of its own.

Word Play: A picture's worth more than a thousand words

Word Play: Confessions of a graphic-novel convert, or, the perfect bat mitzvah gift

Confessions of a graphic-novel convert, or, the perfect bat mitzvah gift

Word Play: Pictures for the fall

Fall preview: Children's books

The supernatural (Alyson Noël's 'Radiance') mingles with popular series (Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth') and graphic novel adaptations ('Percy Jackson and the Olympians').

Word Play: A horrid success with kids

'Book are a good way to vent feelings that aren't acceptable,' says Francesca Simon about her 'Horrid Henry' series of children's books.

Word Play: Polly Shulman's fairy tales meet true life

In 'The Grimm Legacy,' magical objects reside in a lending library in New York City.

Word Play: Picture this

'House of Dolls,' 'City Dog, Country Frog,' 'The Sorely Trying Day,' 'For Good Measure,' 'Pigs to the Rescue' and more

Word Play: Louis Sachar's card-playing obsession

'The Cardturner' by Louis Sachar

Word Play: Healing voices

Word Play: Murky, paranoid worlds fit for the teen reader

Word Play: A child's-eye-view of gender

Word Play: The Secret Life of Santa

The best of Word Play in 2009

Word Play: Going global

Word Play: The uneasy territory between girls and men

Word Play: Awakenings

Word Play: Fairy tales retold

Word Play: A 'Frog and Toad' discovery

What I learned on my summer vacation

Epic, simple

'The Last Olympian'

Let's hear it for the good girls

Lessons on the prairie

Cluck, cluck buh-cawk!

Why 'Twilight' isn't for everybody

The pleasures of learning one's ABCs

Dying is part of the script

Craziness required

Thurber's world of wonders

Baseball for boys and girls

The traveling sisterhood of 'How to Be Bad'

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