Book Reviews

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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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 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 Swap Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Switching spell lets girl and boy see other's point of view.
By Megan Shull
(2014)
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Better Off Friends Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sweet, funny When Harry Met Sally romance for teens.
By Elizabeth Eulberg
(2014)
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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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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 Bully Book: A Novel Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harsh realism makes novel about bullying painful to read.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2012)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
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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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Addie on the Inside Book Poster Image
age 11+
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
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This Is Me from Now On Book Poster Image
age 11+
Honest book about friendships and finding yourself.
By Barbara Dee
(2010)
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Betsy and the Emperor Book Poster Image
age 11+
Historical fluff has teen and Napoleon as unlikely friends.
By Staton Rabin
(2006)
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Beneath My Mother's Feet Book Poster Image
age 11+
Great mom-daughter read about a Pakistani teen.
By Amjed Qamar
(2008)
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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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Gender Blender Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Fun switcheroo tale is good for gender-role talk.
By Blake Nelson
(2007)
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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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Car Trouble Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
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Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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age 11+
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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