Book Reviews

Parked Book Poster Image
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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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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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Burning Kingdoms:  The Internment Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Second, stronger installment focuses on characters.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
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The Honest Truth Book Poster Image
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Boy with cancer runs away to climb mountain in moving tale.
By Dan Gemeinhart
(2015)
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The Apothecary, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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Around the World in 100 Days Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fun follow-up to the Jules Verne classic.
By Gary Blackwood
(2010)
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The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
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Riveting, expertly crafted novel shows utopia's flaws.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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The Ashleys #1: There's a New Name in School Book Poster Image
age 11+
Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2008)
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Operation Typhoon Shore: Guild of Specialists, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Intelligent, intense, edge-of-your-seat adventure.
By Joshua Mowll
(2006)
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Flipped Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
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Hatchet Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(1987)
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Car Trouble Book Poster Image
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Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
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Operation Red Jericho: The Guild of Specialists, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Top-notch, rip-roaring adventure with fantasy violence.
By Joshua Mowll
(2005)
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Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
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The Boy from the Basement Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
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Bucking the Sarge Book Poster Image
age 11+
Luther fights to survive his criminal mother.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
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Jumping Off to Freedom Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harrowing journey of family fleeing Cuba on a raft.
By Anilu Bernardo
(1996)
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Voyage of the Frog Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harrowing adventure good for reluctant readers.
By Gary Paulsen
(1989)
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Homecoming Book Poster Image
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Classic novel of four brave children looking for a home.
By Cynthia Voigt
(1981)
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