Book Reviews

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age 12+
 
Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 12+
 
Gripping story of Mexican boy who migrates to U.S. alone.
By Theodore Taylor
(2003)
age 12+
 
Predictable book with a positive point; tweens OK.
By Meg Cabot
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Slow-paced book about tough issues has supernatural spark.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
age 12+
 
Flabby finale to senseless yet exciting series.
By James Patterson
(2007)
age 12+
 
Poetry helps a jock get well -- and get the girl.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
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age 12+
 
Overachiever learns a new definition of success.
By Paula Yoo
(2008)
age 12+
 
The acme of British science-fiction humor.
By Douglas Adams
(2005)
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age 12+
 
Girls create the perfect guy. Cute but contrived.
By Kate Brian
(2007)
age 12+
 
V-Day romance fluff for Princess series fans.
By Meg Cabot
(2006)
age 12+
 
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Well-wrought fantasy explores pacifism, violence.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Immigrant story with a fascinating knotted twist.
By Helen Frost
(2006)
age 12+
 
More girl self-discovery in teen series' third.
By Ann Brashares
(2005)
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age 12+
 
Tis a clever update on a classic romance.
By Lisa Fiedler
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Boy loses dad in 9/11, then faces school bullies.
By Francine Prose
(2007)
age 12+
 
Girl's story following mother's suicide.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Kids are pulled into epic good vs. evil struggle.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1986)
age 12+
 
Devastating portrait of brutal political movement.
By Ji-Li Jiang
(1997)

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