Book Reviews

age 12+
 
Unbiased "biography" of gun loved by bootleggers, gangsters.
By Karen Blumenthal
(2015)
age 12+
 
Thrilling true story of teenagers who stood up to the Nazis.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2015)
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age 12+
 
Confrontations intensify in riveting civil rights memoir.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
(2015)
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age 12+
 
Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
age 12+
 
Vivid, sometimes violent tale of Russia's last royal family.
By Candace Fleming
(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+
 
Evocative illustrated nonfiction, great for history buffs.
By Don Brown
(2013)
age 12+
 
Oddly sweet dystopian mystery marred by out-of-place action.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2013)
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age 12+
 
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
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age 12+
 
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
(2013)
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age 12+
 
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
age 12+
 
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2012)
age 12+
 
Inspiring story of teen pianist who escaped Nazis in WWII.
By Lee Cohen, Mona Golabek
(2003)
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age 12+
 
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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