Book Reviews

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AGE
10
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This fantasy has everything going for it: a fearless heroine, a scary forest, angry ghosts, and plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. 
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By Heather Mackey
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
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Richly imagined early Earth history can inspire kids to think about their place in the world. 
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By Isabel Greenberg
(2013)
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AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Susan Cooper's profound historical novel paints an unflinching portrait of everyday life in colonial America and moves readers with the grace and dignity of her prose and characters.
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By Susan Cooper
(2013)
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AGE
10
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A gripping graphic-novel biography of an African-American cowboy, sharpshooter, and trailblazer.
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By Frederick L. McKissack Jr., Patricia C. McKissack
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
With unusual -- but age-appropriate -- depth, this picture book presents a uniquely realistic look at rural life.
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By Elisha Cooper
(2010)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Exquisite watercolors breathe new life into this classic story about a tiny girl's adventures in a tiny world.
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By Sylvia Long
(2010)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
In a simple poem about trees this book sends hopeful messages about nature, growth, and the power of community.
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By Diane Muldrow
(2010)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Boys will be boys? This book explores what happens when kids don't fit neatly into prescribed gender roles.
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By Ellen Wittlinger
(2010)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
A supporting role in the school play isn't what prideful Louise has in mind. But she soon finds her way.
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By Elise Primavera
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
When Adam's dad goes missing, adventure takes over in the form of a dinosaur. Gripping action keeps the pages turning.
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By Steve Cole
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Toni Morrison's book is a toothsome gift for zany grandmas to share with grandkids.
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By Slade Morrison, Toni Morrison
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Pluck and elbow grease help a girl save her town's historical society in this educational and entertaining story.
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By Candace Fleming
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Robinson was special both on the baseball field and off. This bio of the slugger-as-dad emphasizes courage.
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By Sharon Robinson
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
This fun, educational retelling of the War of the Worlds hoax shows kids that you can't believe everything you hear.
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By Meghan McCarthy
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
U.S. states trivia rolls by in cleverly designed boxcars. This book is loaded with facts for lasting fun.
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By Peter Sis
(2004)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
It's a fun, perfect-for-sharing story about a dad who spends an exciting day as a grizzly bear.
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By Joanna Harrison
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
A classic nonsense poem is re-imagined as a basketball story, allowing kids to appreciate the unique words and rhythm.
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By Lewis Carroll
(2007)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Catch up on the second book in this fantasy adventure of magic, mythical creatures, and Machiavelli.
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By Michael Scott
(2008)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Two books in one! An alternate ending offers re-readability and eases kids into the realities of the natural world.
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By Emily Gravett
(2006)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Gentle Zen lessons teach kids how to treat even grouchy people with kindness.
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By Jon J Muth
(2008)

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