Book Reviews

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2009)
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Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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This Means War Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gentle look into gender roles; age-appropriate for tweens.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2010)
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The Hunting, Book 1: Z. Rex Book Poster Image
age 10+
Action-adventure read for gamers with a Jurassic twist.
By Steve Cole
(2009)
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Sent: The Missing, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Intriguing premise, but too much exposition.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2009)
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Million-Dollar Throw Book Poster Image
age 10+
Another Lupica sensitive dad/son sports story.
By Mike Lupica
(2009)
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Half-Minute Horrors Book Poster Image
age 10+
Clever, scary collection with big-name authors.
By Susan Rich, Holly Black, Libba Bray, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Pseudonymous Bosch
(2009)
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Hannah's Winter Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moody, complex Japanese fantasy blends reality and mystery.
By Kierin Meehan
(2009)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
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age 10+
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(1883)
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Notes from the Dog Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gentle charmer of boy redeemed by cancer patient.
By Gary Paulsen
(2009)
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The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Third book in mythological mashup series still excites.
By Michael Scott
(2009)
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Anything But Typical Book Poster Image
age 10+
Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2009)
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The Kind of Friends We Used to Be Book Poster Image
age 10+
Accurate and heartwarming story about tween friendship.
By Frances O'Roark Dowell
(2009)
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Don Quixote Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Art and emotion both lost in retelling of classic.
By Martin Jenkins
(2009)
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The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fantasy series' excellent conclusion ups the violence.
By Rick Riordan
(2009)
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The Mythology Handbook: A Course in Ancient Greek Myths Book Poster Image
age 10+
Lavish handbook introduces Greek characters and myths.
By Lady Hestia Evans, Dugald A. Steer, Clint Twist
(2009)
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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2009)
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Lyonesse, Book 1: The Well Between the Worlds Book Poster Image
age 10+
Brilliant, exciting industrial/Arthurian mashup.
By Sam Llewellyn
(2009)
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