Book Reviews

Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion Book Poster Image
age 10+
Uplifting sports bio for tweens and up.
By Russell Freedman
(1999)
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Black Beauty Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A heartrending, beautiful, educational classic.
By Anna Sewell
(1887)
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The Civil War Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Brings Civil War to life; some gruesome photos.
By Martin W. Sandler
(1996)
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The Book of Three Book Poster Image
age 10+
Adolescents take to this swashbuckling adventure.
By Lloyd Alexander
(2006)
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Julie of the Wolves Book Poster Image
age 10+
Cultural themes enrich thought-provoking saga.
By Jean Craighead George
(1972)
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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Book Poster Image
age 10+
Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later.
By Judy Blume
(1970)
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Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Book Poster Image
age 10+
A vivid picture of Perry's historic mission.
By Rhoda Blumberg
(1985)
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Rodzina Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
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Not Just a Witch Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
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The Wish in the Bottle Book Poster Image
age 10+
Folkloric tale founders under weight of nostalgia.
By Morna MacLeod
(1997)
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Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Poster Image
age 10+
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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Love Among the Walnuts Book Poster Image
age 10+
Wacky characters will win over readers.
By Jean Ferris
(1998)
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Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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The Thief Lord Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(2003)
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Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
A teen wrote this engrossing fantasy story.
By Christopher Paolini
(2003)
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The Steps Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Spunky tween learns to accept her new, complicated family.
By Rachel Cohn
(2003)
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Shakespeare's Spy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
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Holes Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2000)
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The Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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Never Trust a Dead Man Book Poster Image
age 10+
Classic mystery with a touch of magic, dark humor.
By Vivian Vande Velde
(2004)
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