Book Reviews

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Strong, smart heroine in absorbing, gently paced mystery.
By Valynne E. Maetani
(2015)
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Dynamite heroine in romantic dystopian-future swashbuckler.
By Sharon Cameron
(2015)
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Charming tale takes on bullying with sweet, light touch.
By Sophie Kinsella
(2015)
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Moving, eye-opening memoir of cross-cultural friendship.
By Martin Ganada, Caitlin Alifrenka, Liz Welch
(2015)
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Graphic adaptation of popular sci-fi novel seems oddly flat.
By Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon
(2015)
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Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
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Lunar military adventure has strong teen girl at center.
By Karen Bao
(2015)
age 12+
 
Rapid-fire story of boy's horrible final week of school.
By Lisa Yee
(2015)
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Gripping thriller skimps on character development.
By CJ Omololu
(2015)
age 12+
 
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
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Nail-biting page-turner jolts ghost series back to life.
By Maureen Johnson
(2015)
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Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
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Strong heroine, creative premise, but a floundering fantasy.
By Ally Condie
(2014)
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Conclusion of gothic series about female teen lacks oomph.
By April Genevieve Tucholke
(2014)
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Teen helps other teens and herself in sweet road-trip tale.
By Adi Alsaid
(2014)
age 12+
 
Vivid, sometimes violent tale of Russia's last royal family.
By Candace Fleming
(2014)
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Moving story of adopted girl's hunt for clues to her past.
By Barbara Stuber
(2014)
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Fact, fiction entangled in lively Brontë sisters mystery.
By Michaela MacColl
(2014)
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Gifted teen girl discovers meaning of love in cute novel.
By Erin McCahan
(2014)
age 12+
 
Nasty Brits rule 1816 New York in clever steampunk twist.
By Andrea Cremer
(2014)

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