Book Reviews

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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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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Ways to Live Forever Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
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My One Hundred Adventures Book Poster Image
age 11+
Adults may enjoy this poetic nostalgia trip more.
By Polly Horvath
(2008)
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Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moving story of early adolescent changes.
By Maria Padian
(2008)
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Hurt Go Happy Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Award-winner faces tough topic of animal testing.
By Ginny Rorby
(2006)
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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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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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Bucking the Sarge Book Poster Image
age 11+
Luther fights to survive his criminal mother.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
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The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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Step by Wicked Step: A Novel Book Poster Image
age 11+
Honest portrayal will appeal to kids.
By Anne Fine
(1996)
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Skellig Book Poster Image
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age 11+
This gorgeously weird novel captivates readers.
By David Almond
(1998)
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Mick Harte Was Here Book Poster Image
age 11+
Difficult life-death questions are meant for discussion.
By Barbara Park
(1995)
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Alida's Song Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Teen breaks through veneer of hurt and shyness.
By Gary Paulsen
(1999)
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Homecoming Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic novel of four brave children looking for a home.
By Cynthia Voigt
(1981)
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Getting Near to Baby Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moving story of grief and recovery.
By Audrey Couloumbis
(1999)
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Flight #116 Is Down! Book Poster Image
age 11+
Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1992)
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