Reviewed for High School, 2007

There is a secret place hidden under the streets of Barcelona called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. A labyrinth of passageways stuffed to capacity and kept by a clandestine clan from the secondhand bookseller's guild, it is a place where the rarest of books are protected from oblivion. Ten-year-old Daniel is taken by his father and as tradition dictates, is allowed to choose one to take home with him. He chooses The Shadow of the Wind. So starts an epic adventure of murder, intrigue, and love. If you've got an advanced reader in the house, this novel provides just the right mix of literary challenge and pumping pace. (Penguin, $15.00)