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 12+
 
Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 14+
 
Graphic first love -- & sex -- story better for older teens.
By Daria Snadowsky
(2007)
age 14+
 
Girl clique-type mystery an OK teen beach read.
By Antonio Pagliarulo
(2007)
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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 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)
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age 10+
 
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(2003)
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age 9+
 
Enchanting tale will leave readers grinning.
By Andrew Clements
(2001)
age 7+
 
Mediocre story with brilliant marketing.
By Michael Stadther
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
age 9+
 
Witty story, exciting adventure keeps kids reading.
By Lemony Snicket
(2003)
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age 10+
 
Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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age 4+
 
First-person narrative from a funny boy worm.
By Doreen Cronin
(2003)

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