Book Reviews

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Greg's wilderness vacation is funny but predictable.
By Jeff Kinney
(2020)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Home improvement mishaps abound in funny 14th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Epic neighborhood snowball fight perks up 13th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2018)
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Grenade [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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Refugee [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
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Real Friends [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 8+
Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.
By Shannon Hale
(2017)
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Ghosts [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Whatever After Series [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Plot twists in beloved fairy tales make spirited stories.
By Sarah Mlynowski
(2012)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Shout-out to screen-free time in 10th funny installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2015)
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Goosebumps Series [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2003)
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Goodbye Stranger [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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Crenshaw [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 8+
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2014)
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Four: A Divergent Collection [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.
By Veronica Roth
(2014)
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The Enchantress Returns: The Land of Stories, Book 2 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Adventure, sweetness, peril, some loss in fairy tale sequel.
By Chris Colfer
(2013)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
By Kazu Kibuishi
(2008)
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One Crazy Summer [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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The Giver, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting, expertly crafted novel shows utopia's flaws.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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