Book Reviews

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age 8+
Leo learns family secrets while rehearsing a play.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
age 11+
British teen spy saves England in thriller!
By Anthony Horowitz
(2005)
age 12+
Necromancer's teen daughter fights the dead.
By Garth Nix
(2005)
age 9+
Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
age 15+
Addictive high-society fluff with iffy messages.
By Cecily von Ziegesar
(2005)
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age 8+
French classic about misbehaving schoolboys.
By Rene Goscinny
(2005)
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age 11+
Historical yarn follows the life of a gun.
By Gary Paulsen
(1995)
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age 8+
Lighthearted but heartfelt look at serious issues.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
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age 9+
Delicate story of impending death of a loved one.
By Alison McGhee
(2005)
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
age 10+
The epic saga continues -- and improves.
By Christopher Paolini
(2005)
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age 15+
Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
By Toni Morrison
(1987)
age 9+
Charming series for kids not ready for big, dark fantasies.
By Angie Sage
(2005)
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age 15+
Readers will devour fun, surprisingly rich sequel.
By Megan McCafferty
(2003)
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age 16+
Brilliant but mature classic explores racism, gender, power.
By Toni Morrison
(1977)
age 4+
Morality tale with a darkly funny ending.
By Dr. Seuss
(1948)
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age 13+
Intriguing tale with mature themes; best for teens.
By James VanOosting
(2005)
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age 9+
Clever novelization of the various Hermes myths.
By Stephanie Spinner
(2005)
age 8+
Aliens in Johnny's video game don't want to fight.
By Terry Pratchett
(2005)
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)

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