Book Reviews

Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thought-provoking, dystopian eco-adventure great for boys.
By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
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The Green Bicycle Book Poster Image
age 11+
Funny, poignant, cheer-worthy tale of spirited Saudi girl.
By Haifaa al Mansour
(2015)
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Who Put This Song On? Book Poster Image
age 17+
Eccentric teen girl fights depression in moving story.
By Morgan Parker
(2019)
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Forget Me Not Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Compelling story of girl dealing with Tourette syndrome.
By Ellie Terry
(2017)
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The House of the Scorpion Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle.
By Nancy Farmer
(2001)
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose's ties to Al Capone deepen in engaging sequel.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2009)
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Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose tries to protect his dad in exciting third in series.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2013)
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The Lord of Opium Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi sequel is gripping but can't top original.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
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Saving Lucas Biggs Book Poster Image
age 11+
Girl time-travels to save dad in thought-provoking story.
By Marisa de los Santos, David Teague
(2014)
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Well, That Was Awkward Book Poster Image
age 11+
Friendships tested in clever tween-texting romcom.
By Rachel Vail
(2017)
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The Line Tender Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Story of loss explores life in and out of the ocean.
By Kate Allen
(2019)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
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Better Off Friends Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sweet, funny When Harry Met Sally romance for tweens.
By Elizabeth Eulberg
(2014)
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Bad Best Friend Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Eighth grader withstands friend rejection in funny story.
By Rachel Vail
(2020)
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Just Like That Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Warm boarding school grief tale has some gory violence.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2021)
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The Bully Book: A Novel Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harsh realism makes novel about bullying painful to read.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2012)
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Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality Book Poster Image
age 11+
Exploration of beauty and pageants delivers mixed message.
By Elizabeth Eulberg
(2013)
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Gameboard of the Gods Book Poster Image
age 17+
Dystopian thriller for adults OK for mature teens.
By Richelle Mead
(2013)
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The Swap Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Switching spell lets girl and boy see other's point of view.
By Megan Shull
(2014)
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