Book Reviews

AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
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By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
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By Esther Forbes
(2003)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
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By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
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By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
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By Kirby Larson
(2011)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
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By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
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By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
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By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
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By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
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By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
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By Willa Cather
(2010)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
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By Richard Wright
(2010)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
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By Amy Tan
(2010)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
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By George Orwell
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Four classic King tales, pretty raw stuff in places.
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By Stephen King
(2011)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
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By Ernest Hemingway
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
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By Ruta Sepetys
(2012)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
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By Charles Dickens
(2011)

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