Book Reviews

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4
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Breathtakingly beautiful illustrations tell a detailed story that's as engrossing as it is full of wonder in this superb follow-up to Caldecott Honor book Journey. 
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By Aaron Becker
(2014)
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AGE
4
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Zany story of a movie shoot gone haywire has great message to follow your dreams.
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By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
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AGE
12
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Two-volume set of exciting, affecting graphic novels examines war and religion through two teens in powerful historical fiction.
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By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
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AGE
12
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Superb writing and gripping, lean, fast-paced action make this extraordinary survival story impossible to put down.  
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By Louis Nowra
(2013)
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AGE
4
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Appealing characters, engaging art, and solid writing advice make this a fantastic choice for imaginative young readers.
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By Tad Hills
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Well-crafted mystery adventure with many surprises, interesting characters, and two smart, creative teen girls on the case.
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By Diana Renn
(2012)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
The simple pleasure of watching seeds grow as winter turns to spring shines through in this timeless-looking picture book.  
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By Julie Fogliano
(2012)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Great silly fun with a moose who gets left off the M page makes this alphabet book truly memorable.
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By Kelly Bingham
(2012)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Vibrant art captures entertainer Josephine Baker's amazing journey from poverty in the U.S. to stardom in 1920s Paris.
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By Jonah Winter
(2012)
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AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Remarkable letters to a cyberbullied teen show the power of compassion.
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By Emily Buder, Olivia Gardner, Sarah Buder
(2008)
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AGE
4
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A cautionary tale about a kid who watches too much TV. (Spoiler alert: It'll make you want to turn off the tube!)
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By James Proimos
(2010)
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AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Bad luck piles up for the teen hero of this fun book, but he sets his sights on grander things at play in the world.
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By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2010)
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AGE
4
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This silly story shows preschoolers how to regain confidence after making a mistake.
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By Kevin Waldron
(2010)
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AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Dive into the legend of Robin Hood with this well-done graphic novel that reads in teen-appropriate comic-book style.
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By Tony Lee
(2009)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Four friends, each representing a different "flavor," show how people with diverse interests can still get along.
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By Laura Numeroff, Nate Evans
(2010)
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AGE
4
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A heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship, this book helps preschoolers learn how to make friends.
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By Nadine Brun-Cosme
(2009)
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AGE
12
QUALITY
 
In this page-turning fantasy, four child prodigies race through Rome, and its history, trying to solve a strange death.
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By Pierdomenico Baccalario
(2009)
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AGE
12
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High school football, family, and secrets do a dance in this complex book featuring two teens thrown into competition.
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By Gordon Korman
(2009)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
When Tess' favorite old tree is cut down, she learns how to mourn. And how to heal.
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By Jess Brallier
(2009)
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AGE
12
QUALITY
 
This quirky mystery uses a companion website to encourage readers' creative thinking and writing.
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By Melissa Kantor, Stella Lennon
(2009)

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