Book Reviews

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age 12+
 
Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 12+
 
Gripping story of Mexican boy who migrates to U.S. alone.
By Theodore Taylor
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
age 12+
 
Flabby finale to senseless yet exciting series.
By James Patterson
(2007)
age 12+
 
Poetry helps a jock get well -- and get the girl.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
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age 12+
 
Overachiever learns a new definition of success.
By Paula Yoo
(2008)
age 12+
 
The acme of British science-fiction humor.
By Douglas Adams
(2005)
age 12+
 
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Well-wrought fantasy explores pacifism, violence.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Boy loses dad in 9/11, then faces school bullies.
By Francine Prose
(2007)
age 12+
 
Girl's story following mother's suicide.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Kids are pulled into epic good vs. evil struggle.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1986)
age 12+
 
Intense Holocaust story makes history real.
By Jane Yolen
(1988)
age 12+
 
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
age 12+
 
Absorbing mystery includes child abuse, sexual manipulation.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2000)
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age 12+
 
Strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
By Janet Tashjian
(1999)
age 12+
 
Appealing plot, powerful writing offset slow pace.
By John Christopher
(1967)
age 12+
 
Tween book is S for superficial, C for catty.
By Lisi Harrison
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Schizophrenic plot mars book about first love.
By Dandi Daley Mackall
(2007)
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age 12+
 
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)

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