Book Reviews

The Canyon's Edge Book Poster Image
age 11+
Poetry lends shape to dramatic, gripping desert adventure.
By Dusti Bowling
(2020)
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Parked Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Poverty, being unhoused explored in hopeful tale.
By Danielle Svetcov
(2020)
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1919 The Year That Changed America Book Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting tale of racial, labor protests, women's vote, more.
By Martin W. Sandler
(2019)
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Allies Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping, must-read novel follows young soldiers on D-Day.
By Alan Gratz
(2019)
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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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March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine Book Poster Image
age 11+
Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South.
By Melba Pattillo Beals
(2018)
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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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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Book Poster Image
age 11+
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
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The Way Things Work Now Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating look at the things that power our world.
By David Macaulay
(2016)
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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging profiles of 40 amazing women in 31 countries.
By Kate Schatz
(2016)
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The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza Book Poster Image
age 11+
Joey tries to heal his family in emotional series finale.
By Jack Gantos
(2014)
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Four: A Divergent Collection Book Poster Image
age 11+
Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.
By Veronica Roth
(2014)
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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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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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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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The Underneath Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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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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