Book Reviews

Like a River Glorious: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Tense Gold Rush tale shows harsh reality of slavery.
By Rae Carson
(2016)
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain Book Poster Image
age 13+
Chilling story of a boy coming of age in Hitler's house.
By John Boyne
(2016)
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Girl in the Blue Coat Book Poster Image
age 13+
Extraordinary tale of Dutch teens resisting the Nazis.
By Monica Hesse
(2016)
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Walk on Earth a Stranger: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Girl hides as boy for harrowing journey west in taut tale.
By Rae Carson
(2015)
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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Book Poster Image
age 13+
Less mystery, more romance as Hitler consolidates power.
By Anne Blankman
(2015)
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Born of Deception: Born of Illusion, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Stylish mystery has black magic, romance in '20s London.
By Teri Brown
(2014)
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Prisoner of Night and Fog Book Poster Image
age 13+
Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
By Anne Blankman
(2014)
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Invasion Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Searing account of teen D-Day soldier is powerful, gory.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
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Picture Me Gone Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Missing-man mystery best for sophisticated teen readers.
By Meg Rosoff
(2013)
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Born of Illusion, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Intriguing tale of magician's true powers in '20s New York.
By Teri Brown
(2013)
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Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
First in fun series is like a Downton Abbey for teens.
By Leila Rasheed
(2013)
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book Poster Image
age 13+
Zombies invade classic comedy of manners for laughs, groans.
By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
(2009)
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Dodger Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Clever adventure depicts Victorian streets with sly humor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2012)
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Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Tantalizing mix of historical romance, supernatural epic.
By Philippa Gregory
(2012)
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The Lost Crown Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
By Sarah Miller
(2011)
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A Raisin in the Sun Book Poster Image
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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The Day of the Pelican Book Poster Image
age 13+
Harrowing fictionalization of the war in Kosovo.
By Katherine Paterson
(2009)
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Bog Child Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
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Outside Beauty Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Golddigger mom takes daughters along for the ride.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2008)
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The Pull of the Ocean Book Poster Image
age 13+
Unsettling French fable may confuse and alarm kids.
By Jean-Claude Mourlevat
(2006)
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