Book Reviews

A Monster Calls Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Haunting tale of a boy coming to terms with mother's cancer.
By Patrick Ness
(2011)
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Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Epic tale concludes in battle- and blood-filled saga.
By Christopher Paolini
(2011)
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Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2011)
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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.
By Betty Smith
(1943)
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Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teens stand up to supervillains in action-packed sci-fi.
By Brandon Sanderson
(2013)
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Orbiting Jupiter Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Devastating, deeply moving story of love and resilience.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2015)
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Heartless Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.
By Marissa Meyer
(2016)
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Scythe: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Chilling concept fuels sci-fi thriller about life and death.
By Neal Shusterman
(2016)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)
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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second book in friendship series is a good fit for teens.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Sabriel: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Necromancer's teen daughter fights the dead.
By Garth Nix
(2005)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Poster Image
age 12+
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2007)
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Bounce Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Satisfying coming-of-age read.
By Natasha Friend
(2007)
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Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Overlong but exciting; gorier than the first two.
By Christopher Paolini
(2008)
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