Book Reviews

Silent to the Bone Book Poster Image
age 12+
Absorbing mystery includes child abuse, sexual manipulation.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2000)
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The Return of the King Book Poster Image
age 12+
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
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I Want to Live Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Emotional story shows what kids with cancer face.
By Lurlene McDaniel
(1987)
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Good Night, Mr. Tom Book Poster Image
age 12+
A devastatingly powerful, intense tale of abuse and love.
By Michelle Magorian
(1981)
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The Two Towers Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)
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Multiple Choice Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
By Janet Tashjian
(1999)
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The White Mountains Book Poster Image
age 12+
Appealing plot, powerful writing offset slow pace.
By John Christopher
(1967)
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Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Depicts high school with devastating accuracy.
By Avi
(1991)
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Dial L for Loser: A Clique Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Tween book is S for superficial, C for catty.
By Lisi Harrison
(2006)
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Crazy in Love Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Schizophrenic plot mars book about first love.
By Dandi Daley Mackall
(2007)
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Tattoo Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Girl-powered sci-fi with fairies; fun but average.
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
(2007)
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The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gritty, fictionalized biography of forgotten Western hero.
By Gary Paulsen
(2006)
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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second book in friendship series is a good fit for teens.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
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Ender's Game Book Poster Image
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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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The Goodness Gene Book Poster Image
age 12+
A poor take on evil future government.
By Sonia Levitin
(2005)
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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Down the Rabbit Hole Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen puts herself in danger to solve crime.
By Peter Abrahams
(2005)
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Quiver Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Greek myth has some intense aspects; OK for older kids.
By Stephanie Spinner
(2005)
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Life as We Knew It Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping, terrifying disaster tale will inspire discussions.
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
(2006)
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