Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
Fun haunted-house romp has great heroine, sweet values.
By Jessica Lawson
(2015)
age 10+
 
Slapstick, sweetness, sorrow in epic fairy-tale-world saga.
By Chris Colfer
(2014)
age 12+
 
Unbiased "biography" of gun loved by bootleggers, gangsters.
By Karen Blumenthal
(2015)
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age 4+
 
Bouncy big sis learns to tone down noise for new baby.
By Katherine Hannigan
(2015)
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age 12+
 
Friendship tale, graphics blend well in absorbing mystery.
By Cherie Priest
(2015)
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age 14+
 
Designer genes drive suspenseful sci-fi thriller.
By Debra Dockter
(2015)
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age 13+
 
Virtual-reality thriller starts well, loses steam.
By Julia Durango
(2015)
age 14+
 
Sweet friendship tale of isolated teen boy pen pals.
By Leah Thomas
(2015)
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age 14+
 
Heartfelt romance about childhood BFFs reunited as teens.
By Robin Benway
(2015)
age 7+
 
Smart, funny dad-son space travel sequel goes underwater.
By Wendy Mass
(2014)
age 14+
 
Honest, complex story of girl's first sexual relationship.
By Rebecca Maizel
(2015)
age 9+
 
Fiery start to educational graphic novel series.
By George O'Connor
(2010)
age 13+
 
Kind of cute and funny but super predictable teen romcom.
By Brian Katcher
(2015)
age 8+
 
Biracial heroine freshens up fun Princess Diaries spin-off.
By Meg Cabot
(2015)
age 9+
 
Rafe goes back to Hills Middle School in fun seventh book.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)
age 8+
 
Honest, affecting story of fifth-grader with mom in prison.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2015)
age 9+
 
Heartfelt, hopeful meditation on grief and life.
By Elana K. Arnold
(2015)
age 10+
 
Kids from various books unite in muddled art-heist story.
By Blue Balliett
(2015)
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age 6+
 
Funny, gross picture book packs positive messages.
By William Joyce
(2015)
age 2+
 
Kid animals speak for themselves in cute, dad-centric book.
By Jimmy Fallon
(2015)

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