Book Reviews

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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Sweet Valley High Series Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic series about twin teens is shallow but satisfying.
By Francine Pascal
(1984)
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The Year of the Beasts Book Poster Image
age 12+
Prose and comics mix in intense tale of sibling rivalry.
By Cecil Castellucci
(2012)
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The Pigman Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teens grasp impact of their hurtfulness in emotional novel.
By Paul Zindel
(1968)
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Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
age 12+
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2011)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
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age 12+
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2013)
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The Summer I Learned to Fly Book Poster Image
age 12+
Touching coming-of-age story with some mature themes.
By Dana Reinhardt
(2011)
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What Happened to Goodbye Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thoughtful look at teen finding self after parents' divorce.
By Sarah Dessen
(2011)
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Ten Miles Past Normal Book Poster Image
age 12+
Quirky teen realizes normal is overrated in insightful book.
By Frances O'Roark Dowell
(2011)
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Bless Me, Ultima Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.
By Rudolfo Anaya
(1972)
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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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All the Broken Pieces Book Poster Image
age 12+
Tough but touching free verse book about war's scars.
By Ann E. Burg
(2009)
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Something Like Fate Book Poster Image
age 12+
Easy read about the difficulties of love and friendship.
By Susane Colasanti
(2010)
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When the Whistle Blows Book Poster Image
age 12+
Coming-of-age adventure will especially hook boy readers.
By Fran Cannon Slayton
(2009)
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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
(2006)
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The Season Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Feisty fashionista fights crime and stereotypes. Clean fun.
By Sarah MacLean
(2009)
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Blue Like Friday Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Quirky friends make this sweet story soar.
By Siobhan Parkinson
(2008)
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All About Vee Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Tale of plus-sized actress addresses body image concerns.
By C. Leigh Purtill
(2008)
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Good Enough Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Overachiever learns a new definition of success.
By Paula Yoo
(2008)
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Fake Boyfriend Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Girls create the perfect guy. Cute but contrived.
By Kate Brian
(2007)
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