Book Reviews

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 Tears of the Salamander Book Poster Image
age 10+
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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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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The Wish List Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(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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The Dream Bearer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Compelling novel of boy's 12th summer in Harlem.
By Walter Dean Myers
(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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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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The Grimm Conclusion Book Poster Image
age 10+
Grisly, dark fairy tale has heartwarming and funny moments.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2013)
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Constable & Toop Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Thrilling ghost adventure has great characters, plus gore.
By Gareth P. Jones
(2013)
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The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Another thrilling adventure, this time in the underworld.
By Rick Riordan
(2013)
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The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield Book Poster Image
age 10+
Dark, funny tale of mean boy trying to end his nine lives.
By John Bemelmans Marciano
(2013)
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National Velvet Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Inspiring horse story has small but mighty heroine.
By Enid Bagnold
(1935)
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From Norvelt to Nowhere Book Poster Image
age 10+
Comical road-trip novel stretches believability.
By Jack Gantos
(2013)
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Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar Book Poster Image
age 10+
Realistic middle school issues from a girl's point of view.
By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
(2013)
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Battling Boy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Live-wire adventure offers something new for comics fans.
By Paul Pope
(2013)
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Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Time-travel adventure excites but lacks solid characters.
By Peter Lerangis
(2013)
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