Book Reviews

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl turns trash into treasures in hopeful underdog tale.
By Holly Schindler
(2014)
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth Book Poster Image
age 10+
Epic, adventurous, romantic, fantastic graphic novel.
By Isabel Greenberg
(2013)
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New Kid Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gripping sports story about a boy's struggle for identity.
By Tim Green
(2014)
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How It Went Down Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Haunting look at killing of unarmed African-American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2014)
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Fuzzy Mud Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gripping, taut eco-thriller a thoughtful, satisfying read.
By Louis Sachar
(2015)
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The Marvels Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Epic saga of theater family, told mostly in pictures.
By Brian Selznick
(2015)
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Counting Thyme Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Sensitive, engaging tale of girl with seriously ill brother.
By Melanie Conklin
(2016)
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When Friendship Followed Me Home Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gripping, heartwarming story of foster boy's serious loss.
By Paul Griffin
(2016)
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Towers Falling Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving, sometimes harrowing story of learning about 9/11.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2016)
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Making Up Megaboy Book Poster Image
age 10+
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
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Wringer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
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Whirligig Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
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Things Hoped For Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Flush Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens fight polluting casino boat owner.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2005)
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Criss Cross Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Lyrical tale of small-town teens in a '60s summer.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2006)
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Hoot Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2006)
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Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting vampire tale sucks in reluctant readers.
By Heather Brewer
(2007)
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Return to Sender Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Intense story about illegal immigration and friendship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2009)
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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach Book Poster Image
age 10+
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
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Ninth Ward Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2010)
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