Book Reviews

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age 10+
 
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
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age 10+
 
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
age 10+
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
age 10+
 
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(1998)
age 10+
 
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
age 10+
 
A rare treat for young book lovers.
By Lewis Buzbee
(2008)
age 10+
 
Fantasy series' excellent conclusion ups the violence.
By Rick Riordan
(2009)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(1883)
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Inspirational story of life after a shark attack.
By Bethany Hamilton
(2011)
age 10+
 
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
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age 10+
 
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
age 10+
 
Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(2011)
age 10+
 
Superb stories by top authors spring from surreal images.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2011)
age 10+
 
Lonely boy fights evil to save town in exciting page turner.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2011)
age 10+
 
Gripping nonfiction graphic novel brings Old West to life.
By Frederick L. McKissack Jr., Patricia C. McKissack
(2012)
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age 10+
 
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
age 10+
 
Spellbinding second adventure even better than first.
By Lisa McMann
(2012)
age 10+
 
Deeply creepy, thought-provoking tale of weird school.
By Claire Legrand
(2012)

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