Book Reviews

This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
Tyrell Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
When Jeff Comes Home Book Poster Image
age 15+
Heartbreaking, intense story of boy freed after kidnapping.
By Catherine Atkins
(2004)
Slaughterhouse-Five Book Poster Image
age 15+
Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
By Kurt Vonnegut
(1969)
The Pox Party: Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Slavery-themed award-winner is a challenging teen read.
By M.T. Anderson
(2006)
Second Helpings Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Readers will devour fun, surprisingly rich sequel.
By Megan McCafferty
(2003)
Pretty Little Liars #1 Book Poster Image
age 15+
First book in cliquey girls' series shows off bad behavior.
By Sara Shepard
(2006)
Fade Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark tale of a good boy misled by temptation.
By Robert Cormier
(1988)
Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
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age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
Go Ask Alice Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Authentic, tragic portrayal of teen drug use - a classic.
By Beatrice Sparks
(1971)
l8r, g8r: The Internet Girls, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fun friendship series concludes with more mature content.
By Lauren Myracle
(2007)
Beloved Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
By Toni Morrison
(1987)
Fat Hoochie Prom Queen Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fun main character, but lots of teen drinking too.
By Nico Medina
(2008)
I Am the Messenger Book Poster Image
age 15+
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
King Dork Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
ttfn: The Internet Girls, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Edgy sequel written in IM messages may appeal to teens.
By Lauren Myracle
(2006)
The Killer's Tears Book Poster Image
age 15+
Bleak award-winner of redemption through love.
By Anne-Laure Bondoux
(2006)
Gossip Girl Books Book Poster Image
age 15+
Addictive high-society fluff with iffy messages.
By Cecily von Ziegesar
(2005)
The It Chicks Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Wannabe stars are full of drama in series debut.
By Tia Williams
(2007)
The It Girl Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Same bad-girl 'tude in Gossip Girl spinoff.
By Cecily von Ziegesar
(2006)

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