Book Reviews

age 8+
 
Honest, affecting story of fifth-grader with mom in prison.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2015)
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age 8+
 
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
age 8+
 
More pep talks, positivity, substance from fun YouTube star.
By Robby Novak, Brad Montague
(2015)
age 8+
 
Inspirational memoir of Little League history maker.
By Mo'ne Davis, Hilary Beard
(2015)
age 8+
 
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
age 8+
 
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
age 8+
 
Frail boy and huge talking dog reunite in D.C. adventure.
By Jenny Lee
(2014)
age 8+
 
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
age 8+
 
Warm story of science-lover learning to be a good friend.
By Anna Humphrey
(2013)
age 8+
 
Lighthearted story of sickly kid helped by huge talking dog.
By Jenny Lee
(2013)
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age 8+
 
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
age 8+
 
Fun story shows that inclusion is better than exclusion.
By Stephanie Barden
(2012)
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age 8+
 
Story of a friend moving is comforting and relatable.
By Jacqueline Wilson
(2008)
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age 8+
 
Miley shares her life "so far." Fluffy, but fun for fans.
By Hilary Liftin, Miley Cyrus
(2009)
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age 8+
 
Newberry sequel quietly engages with story of friendship.
By Susan Patron
(2009)
age 8+
 
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
age 8+
 
Cabot for tweens introduces a spunky heroine.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
age 8+
 
Award-winner shows child's view of the Cold War.
By Peter Sis
(2007)
age 8+
 
Second story joins Madonna's girl clique.
By Madonna
(2006)
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age 8+
 
Lighthearted but heartfelt look at serious issues.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)

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