Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

Haroun's father, a famous storyteller, regularly performs for huge standing-room-only crowds. Until he loses his gift for gab. This fantastic fable is a father-son quest through magical lands in an attempt to regain his inspiration. Just under the surface of all this fun and adventure, it hints at the dangers of politics and the importance of freedom of speech. An inspirational book for a budding writer, but absolutely accessible for any child. (Penguin, $14.00)