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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Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
age 10+
 
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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age 10+
 
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(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 10+
 
Compelling novel of boy's 12th summer in Harlem.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
age 10+
 
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
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Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
age 10+
 
Classic mystery with a touch of magic, dark humor.
By Vivian Vande Velde
(2004)
age 10+
 
Matinee action/violence in a slick, fun package.
By Eoin Colfer
(2004)
age 10+
 
Reads like what it is: a 14-year-old's writing.
By Flavia Bujor
(2004)
age 10+
 
Clumsy but exciting high fantasy.
By Gene Del Vecchio
(2004)
age 10+
 
Horror trashmeister begins a new series -- oh joy.
By R. L. Stine
(2005)
age 10+
 
Tales of childhood long ago -- in 1979.
By Esme Raji Codell
(2005)
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age 10+
 
Teen doesn't want magic powers -- hard to believe!
By Jean Thesman
(1999)
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age 10+
 
Rumplestiltskin revealed! Why he did what he did.
By Michael Gruber
(2005)
age 10+
 
Gentle, slow-paced but sweet multigeneration saga.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
age 10+
 
Brilliant, high-level take on Arthur's childhood.
By T. H. White
(1939)
age 10+
 
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)

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