Book Reviews

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Book Poster Image
age 12+
Ballerina's frank, inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.
By Michaela DePrince
(2014)
Untwine Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.
By Edwidge Danticat
(2015)
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful graphic-novel memoir offers hope, call to action.
By Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine
(2015)
All American Boys Book Poster Image
age 12+
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives Book Poster Image
age 12+
Moving, eye-opening memoir of cross-cultural friendship.
By Martin Ganada, Caitlin Alifrenka, Liz Welch
(2015)
Invisible Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
age 12+
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
Diamond Boy Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
Blind Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Blind teen probes a friend's death in compelling tale.
By Rachel DeWoskin
(2014)
Like No Other Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Cross-cultural teen love story is heartfelt, enlightening.
By Una LaMarche
(2014)
Since You've Been Gone Book Poster Image
age 12+
Charming summer story encourages taking risks, finding love.
By Morgan Matson
(2014)
The End or Something Like That Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen haunted by promise to dying friend in tale of grief.
By Ann Dee Ellis
(2014)
Shattered: Slated, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Kyla runs for her life in exciting trilogy conclusion.
By Teri Terry
(2014)
Perfect Ruin: The Internment Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Oddly sweet dystopian mystery marred by out-of-place action.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2013)
Far Far Away Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
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)
Playground Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Book Poster Image
age 12+
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
Airhead Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Freaky life-swap tale with fashion and flair.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
Street Love Book Poster Image
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age 12+
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)

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