Book Reviews

Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(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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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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Hammer of Witches Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fairy-tale creatures come to life in so-so swashbuckler.
By Shana Mlawski
(2013)
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Belle Epoque Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.
By Elizabeth Ross
(2013)
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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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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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The Whispering Trees: The Thickety, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Creepy sequel has violent clashes, ethical dilemmas.
By J.A. White
(2015)
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The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co., Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Another exciting, scary installment for ghost-story fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2015)
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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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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye Book Poster Image
age 11+
Illustrated witchy, monstery tale offers goofy/creepy fun.
By Tania Del Rio
(2015)
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Tarzan of the Apes Book Poster Image
age 11+
Original ape-man tale more violent, racist than the films.
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
(1912)
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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 Creeping Shadow: Lockwood & Co., Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Consistently great ghost series keeps the scares coming.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2016)
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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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Well of Witches: The Thickety, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Strong empathy messages in exciting, scary teen witch tale.
By J.A. White
(2017)
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The Empty Grave: Lockwood & Co., Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Rousing finale to scary ghost series sure to satisfy fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2017)
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Greetings from Witness Protection! Book Poster Image
age 11+
Kicky tween thriller deals with themes of abandonment.
By Jake Burt
(2017)
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