Book Reviews

Prairie Lotus Book Poster Image
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Stunning tale of Asian girl's struggle on 1880s frontier.
By Linda Sue Park
(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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A Place to Belong Book Poster Image
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Emotional post-WWII story promotes compassion, perseverance.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2019)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
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The Breadwinner, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harsh but hopeful story about brave girl defying Taliban.
By Deborah Ellis
(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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Refugee Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
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The Red Badge of Courage Book Poster Image
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Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.
By Stephen Crane
(1895)
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Echo Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(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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A Long Walk to Water Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.
By Linda Sue Park
(2010)
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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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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Tween boy hunts killers in funny, violent Wild West saga.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
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Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
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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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Hawksmaid: the Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2010)
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The Way of the Warrior: Young Samurai, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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Weedflower Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Interned girl, Native boy find common ground in moving tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Book Poster Image
age 11+
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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