Book Reviews

The Crown's Game Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Captivating tale of competing magicians in 1825 Russia.
By Evelyn Skye
(2016)
Outrun the Moon Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Chinese-American girl fights bias in compelling 1906 tale.
By Stacey Lee
(2016)
My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful, intense tale of slave life near end of Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
American Ace Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
Passenger, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Taut time-travel adventure-romance explores race, sex bias.
By Alexandra Bracken
(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)
Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second fun, supernatural mystery has larger dose of fantasy.
By William Ritter
(2015)
The Hired Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Absorbing tale of feisty, sweet teen will hook girls.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2015)
Go Set a Watchman Book Poster Image
age 12+
Scout confronts Atticus on integration in rambling sequel.
By Harper Lee
(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)
Under a Painted Sky Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girls pose as boys in suspenseful, nontraditional Western.
By Stacey Lee
(2015)
How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
age 12+
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
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)
Unbroken Book Poster Image
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age 12+
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2014)
Waistcoats & Weaponry: Finishing School, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fast-paced thrill ride with werewolves and steampunk fun.
By Gail Carriger
(2014)
Jackaby Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Delightfully creepy 1890s mystery has some light horror.
By William Ritter
(2014)
Maid of Deception: Maids of Honor, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sequel trades action for romance, loses some charm.
By Jennifer McGowan
(2014)

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