Book Reviews

Sounder Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(1969)
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Everybody Sees the Ants Book Poster Image
age 15+
Powerful, challenging tale of outsider fighting back.
By A.S. King
(2011)
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The Bluest Eye Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Deeply poetic novel explores racial and sexual feelings.
By Toni Morrison
(1970)
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The Dark Unwinding Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.
By Sharon Cameron
(2012)
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Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal Book Poster Image
age 15+
Brilliantly funny, insightful, dark high school tragicomedy.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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Just One Day Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Mature romance explores love, travel, and self-discovery.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
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Boy21 Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2012)
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The Universe Versus Alex Woods Book Poster Image
age 15+
Quirky, affecting coming-of-ager hits life-and-death issues.
By Gavin Extence
(2013)
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The Twelve-Fingered Boy Book Poster Image
age 15+
Exciting, creepy horror adventure tweaks superheroics.
By John Hornor Jacobs
(2013)
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Far Far Away Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
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Two Boys Kissing Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Poignant tale of several gay teens and record-breaking kiss.
By David Levithan
(2013)
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Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
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Slated: Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Compelling story of teen's struggle against government.
By Teri Terry
(2013)
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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two Book Poster Image
age 12+
September goes on a moon mission in compelling installment.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2013)
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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Book Poster Image
age 15+
Misfit plans murder and suicide in painful, powerful book.
By Matthew Quick
(2013)
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The Extra Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
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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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The Children of Willesden Lane Book Poster Image
age 12+
Inspiring story of teen pianist who escaped Nazis in WWII.
By Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
(2003)
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Blythewood: The Blythewood Tales, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girl fights mythical beings in thrilling school fantasy.
By Carol Goodman
(2013)
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