Book Reviews

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age 11+
 
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
age 11+
 
Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.
By Linda Sue Park
(2010)
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age 11+
 
Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.
By Elizabeth Ross
(2013)
age 11+
 
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
age 11+
 
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
age 11+
 
Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2010)
age 11+
 
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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age 11+
 
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
age 11+
 
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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age 11+
 
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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age 11+
 
Historical yarn follows the life of a gun.
By Gary Paulsen
(1995)
age 11+
 
A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
age 11+
 
Great novel about the Revolution for older kids.
By James Lincoln Collier
(1974)
age 11+
 
This historical tale is captivating and memorable.
By Irene Hunt
(1964)
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age 11+
 
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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age 11+
 
Brush with danger changes a boy's life forever.
By Jean Fritz
(2000)
age 11+
 
The meandering, dreamy story may limit its appeal.
By Peter Sis
(1998)
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age 11+
 
A quirky story with hidden riches.
By Janet Lee Carey
(2000)

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