Book Reviews

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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Saving Lucas Biggs Book Poster Image
age 11+
Girl time-travels to save dad in thought-provoking story.
By Marisa de los Santos, David Teague
(2014)
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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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The Lord of Opium Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi sequel is gripping but can't top original.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
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Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thought-provoking, dystopian eco-adventure great for boys.
By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
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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+
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
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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Son: The Giver, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Classic battle pulls quest quartet to exciting conclusion.
By Lois Lowry
(2012)
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The House of the Scorpion Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle.
By Nancy Farmer
(2001)
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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+
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
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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Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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Nick of Time Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Riotous, violent adventure with classic virtues.
By Ted Bell
(2008)
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One Small Step Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Absurd premise yields a thrilling story.
By P. B. Kerr
(2008)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
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Maximum Ride, Book 1: The Angel Experiment Book Poster Image
age 11+
OK series launch about flock of mutants. Tweens.
By James Patterson
(2006)
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The Rifle Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Historical yarn follows the life of a gun.
By Gary Paulsen
(1995)
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