Book Reviews

The Girl I Used to Be Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen hunts for her parents' killer in page-turning mystery.
By April Henry
(2016)
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2015)
Ink and Ashes Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong, smart heroine in absorbing, gently paced mystery.
By Valynne E. Maetani
(2015)
Tommy: The Gun That Changed America Book Poster Image
age 12+
Unbiased "biography" of gun loved by bootleggers, gangsters.
By Karen Blumenthal
(2015)
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling true story of teenagers who stood up to the Nazis.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2015)
The Third Twin Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping thriller skimps on character development.
By CJ Omololu
(2015)
The Shadow Cabinet: Shades of London, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Nail-biting page-turner jolts ghost series back to life.
By Maureen Johnson
(2015)
March: Book Two Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confrontations intensify in riveting civil rights memoir.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2015)
All Fall Down: Embassy Row, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thriller full of glamour, intrigue may hook tweens, teens.
By Ally Carter
(2015)
The Family Romanov:  Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia Book Poster Image
age 12+
Vivid, sometimes violent tale of Russia's last royal family.
By Candace Fleming
(2014)
The Recruit: CHERUB, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen spy series gets off to rousing start.
By Robert Muchamore
(2005)
Buzz Kill Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teen murder mystery is fun, flighty, formulaic.
By Beth Fantaskey
(2014)
The Great American Dust Bowl Book Poster Image
age 12+
Evocative illustrated nonfiction, great for history buffs.
By Don Brown
(2013)
Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
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)
Samurai Summer Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Swedish summer camp thriller gets lost in translation.
By Ake Edwardson
(2013)
The Madness Underneath: Shades of London, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Cool main character holds together 2nd London mystery.
By Maureen Johnson
(2013)
Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Book Poster Image
age 12+
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2012)
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)
Seconds Away Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teen thriller sequel lacks punch of previous volume.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)

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