Book Reviews

Frankie & Bug Book Poster Image
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Fraught, funny, complex '80s tale of trans tween.
By Gayle Forman
(2021)
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Friends Forever Book Poster Image
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Third graphic-novel memoir tackles tough issues with heart.
By Shannon Hale
(2021)
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RBG's Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone Book Poster Image
age 11+
Inspirational female role models handpicked by RBG.
By Nadine Epstein, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(2021)
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Dead Wednesday Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Book about dead teens promotes exploration of empathy.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2021)
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Thrive: The Overthrow, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Nonstop action and mayhem in alien-invasion finale.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2021)
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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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City of the Plague God Book Poster Image
age 11+
Action-packed tale of Middle East myths, magic, monsters.
By Sarwat Chadda
(2021)
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How to Be a Girl in the World Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging coming-of-ager tackles sexual harassment of tween.
By Caela Carter
(2020)
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Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story) Book Poster Image
age 11+
Young refugee's story is told in memories, myths, fables.
By Daniel Nayeri
(2020)
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Fighting Words Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Powerful, moving story of 10-year-old recovering from abuse.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2020)
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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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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work Book Poster Image
age 11+
Empowering activist guide to defying and disrupting racism.
By Tiffany Jewell
(2020)
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We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World Book Poster Image
age 11+
Inspirational must-read about the power of nonviolence.
By Todd Hasak-Lowy
(2020)
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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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Things You Can't Say Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling story of tween grappling with his dad's suicide.
By Jenn Bishop
(2020)
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Prairie Lotus Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Stunning tale of Asian girl's struggle on 1880s frontier.
By Linda Sue Park
(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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A New Beginning: Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Promising spin-off series start with the first girl Ranger!
By John Flanagan
(2013)
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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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