Book Reviews

Bad Best Friend [node:content-type] Poster Image
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Eighth grader withstands friend rejection in funny story.
By Rachel Vail
(2020)
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Things You Can't Say [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling story of tween grappling with his dad's suicide.
By Jenn Bishop
(2020)
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Parked [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Poverty, homelessness explored in hopeful tale of community.
By Danielle Svetcov
(2020)
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1919 The Year That Changed America [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting tale of racial, labor protests, women's vote, more.
By Martin W. Sandler
(2019)
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Allies [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping, must-read novel follows young soldiers on D-Day.
By Alan Gratz
(2019)
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A Place to Belong [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Emotional post-WWII story promotes compassion, perseverance.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2019)
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The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Artemis faces younger self in madcap, befuddling adventure.
By Eoin Colfer
(2008)
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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Comic's engaging memoir of growing up under Apartheid.
By Trevor Noah
(2019)
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Grenade [node:content-type] 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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Bluecrowne:  A Greenglass House Story [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging fantasy adventure trades ghosts for magic.
By Kate Milford
(2018)
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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 4 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting prison drama returns with focus on family, freedom.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2018)
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March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South.
By Melba Pattillo Beals
(2018)
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Greetings from Witness Protection! [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Kicky tween thriller deals with themes of abandonment.
By Jake Burt
(2017)
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Refugee [node:content-type] 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 Last Spell: The Thickety, Book 4 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling conclusion to teen witch saga ends in epic battle.
By J.A. White
(2017)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
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Alex & Eliza:  A Love Story [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Fun imagined tale of Alexander Hamilton's sweet romance.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2017)
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Well of Witches: The Thickety, Book 3 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Strong empathy messages in exciting, scary teen witch tale.
By J.A. White
(2017)
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Goodbye Stranger [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co., Book 3 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Another exciting, scary installment for ghost-story fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2015)
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