Book Reviews

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age 10+
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
age 12+
Gripping story of Mexican boy who migrates to U.S. alone.
By Theodore Taylor
(2003)
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 11+
Marred by a pat ending, but an enjoyable romp.
By Meg Cabot
(2003)
age 10+
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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age 10+
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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age 4+
Color-burst pictures illuminate gospel songs.
By Ashley Bryan
(2007)
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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age 11+
This gorgeously weird novel captivates readers.
By David Almond
(1998)
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
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age 9+
A period slice-of-life book.
By Lois Lowry
(2003)
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age 9+
Lyrical tale of girl who must avoid sunlight.
By Angela Johnson
(2003)
age 12+
Predictable book with a positive point; tweens OK.
By Meg Cabot
(2006)
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age 10+
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(2003)
age 14+
A realistic look at being a teen parent.
By Angela Johnson
(2003)
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age 12+
Slow-paced book about tough issues has supernatural spark.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(2003)
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age 9+
Funny, real, and powerfully moving.
By Ralph Fletcher
(1998)
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age 9+
Enchanting tale will leave readers grinning.
By Andrew Clements
(2001)

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