Book Reviews

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel Book Poster Image
age 13+
Equally violent prequel shows notorious dictator as a teen.
By Suzanne Collins
(2020)
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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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Lovely War Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Poignant World War I romance weaves in jazz, Greek gods.
By Julie Berry
(2019)
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Two Can Keep a Secret Book Poster Image
age 13+
Teen thriller is heavy on clichés, light on thrills.
By Karen M. McManus
(2019)
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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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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Book Poster Image
age 13+
Muslim teen busts stereotypes in bitterly funny school tale.
By Tahereh Mafi
(2018)
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War Storm: Red Queen, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Occasional thrills but mostly uneven fantasy finale.
By Victoria Aveyard
(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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Moxie Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Empowering story of girls standing up to sexual harassment.
By Jennifer Mathieu
(2017)
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The 57 Bus Book Poster Image
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age 13+
True story of teens' fateful encounter and its aftermath.
By Dashka Slater
(2017)
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Eliza and Her Monsters Book Poster Image
age 13+
Fame and fandom collide with privacy in engaging tale.
By Francesca Zappia
(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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The Hate U Give Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed Black teen.
By Angie Thomas
(2017)
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Carve the Mark Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Twist-filled fantasy romance is occasionally dark, violent.
By Veronica Roth
(2017)
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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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Salt to the Sea Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Heartbreaking WWII novel shows power of hope, connection.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2016)
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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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Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.
By Robert Beatty
(2015)
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