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Aleutian Sparrow Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
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Witness Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
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Story Time Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Braid Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Immigrant story with a fascinating knotted twist.
By Helen Frost
(2006)
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The Sledding Hill Book Poster Image
age 12+
Ghost boy tells the story of a book-banning.
By Chris Crutcher
(2005)
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Bullyville Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Boy loses dad in 9/11, then faces school bullies.
By Francine Prose
(2007)
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The Devil's Arithmetic Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense Holocaust story makes history real.
By Jane Yolen
(1988)
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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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Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love Book Poster Image
age 12+
Terrible title masks terrific book for teens.
By Maryrose Wood
(2006)
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The Off Season Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartwarming tale starring sporty teen girl.
By Catherine Murdock
(2008)
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Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
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Here Lies Arthur Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Exciting but darkly cynical view of Arthur legend.
By Philip Reeve
(2008)
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Sahwira: An African Friendship Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, dramatic story of an interracial friendship tested.
By Carolyn Marsden, Phillip Matzigkeit
(2009)
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Mare's War Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Unique African-American woman's WWII experience.
By Tanita Davis
(2009)
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Alligator Bayou Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, tragic tale of racism in Jim Crow South.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2009)
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The Door of No Return Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lost African prince adventure/mystery with a unique premise.
By Sarah Mussi
(2008)
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Woods Runner Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
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Alphas Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Refreshing Clique series spinoff features smart girls.
By Lisi Harrison
(2009)
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Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: A Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fast-paced retelling makes this myth exciting for teens.
By Tony Lee
(2009)
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