Book Reviews

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End Book Poster Image
age 8+
Greg's wilderness vacation is funny but predictable.
By Jeff Kinney
(2020)
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Words on Fire Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Tale of late-1800s Lithuania has big ideas but lacks punch.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2019)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Book Poster Image
age 8+
Home improvement mishaps abound in funny 14th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Book Poster Image
age 8+
Greg is meaner to gullible BFF Rowley in Wimpy Kid spin-off.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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New Kid, Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny, heartfelt middle school tale explores race, class.
By Jerry Craft
(2019)
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Blended Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Honest, warm story of family, identity, police brutality.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Book Poster Image
age 8+
Epic neighborhood snowball fight perks up 13th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2018)
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Grenade Book 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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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Book Poster Image
age 8+
Math whiz gets out of comfort zone in smart, touching story.
By Stacy McAnulty
(2018)
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The Wild Robot Escapes Book Poster Image
age 8+
Animals aid robot journey in sequel tinged with human love.
By Peter Brown
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls Book Poster Image
age 8+
Helpful American Girl guide for girls starting puberty.
By Valorie Lee Schaefer
(2012)
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Refugee Book 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 Book 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 Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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The Wild Robot Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Robot vs. wilderness in poignant survival tale.
By Peter Brown
(2016)
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Whatever After Series Book 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 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Shout-out to screen-free time in 10th funny installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2015)
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Goosebumps Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2003)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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