Book Reviews

age 12+
 
Moving, eye-opening memoir of cross-cultural friendship.
By Martin Ganada, Caitlin Alifrenka, Liz Welch
(2015)
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Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
age 12+
 
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
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Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
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age 12+
 
Blind teen probes a friend's death in compelling tale.
By Rachel DeWoskin
(2014)
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age 12+
 
Cross-cultural teen love story is heartfelt, enlightening.
By Una LaMarche
(2014)
age 12+
 
Charming summer story encourages taking risks, finding love.
By Morgan Matson
(2014)
age 12+
 
Teen haunted by promise to dying friend in tale of grief.
By Ann Dee Ellis
(2014)
age 12+
 
Kyla runs for her life in exciting trilogy conclusion.
By Teri Terry
(2014)
age 12+
 
Oddly sweet dystopian mystery marred by out-of-place action.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2013)
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age 12+
 
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
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Haunting tale of a boy coming to terms with mother's cancer.
By Patrick Ness
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
age 12+
 
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Freaky life-swap tale with fashion and flair.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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age 12+
 
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)
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age 12+
 
Holes sequel delves into edgier territory.
By Louis Sachar
(2006)
age 12+
 
Poetry helps a jock get well -- and get the girl.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
age 12+
 
Devastating portrait of brutal political movement.
By Ji-Li Jiang
(1997)