Book Reviews

age 8+
 
Biracial heroine freshens up fun Princess Diaries spin-off.
By Meg Cabot
(2015)
age 8+
 
Charming family series spotlights Batty in 4th volume.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2015)
age 8+
 
Mild story a winner for reluctant-reader robot fans.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2014)
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age 8+
 
Sweet time-travel story teaches kids about the Depression.
By Laurel Snyder
(2014)
age 8+
 
Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.
By Brenda Woods
(2014)
age 8+
 
Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
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age 8+
 
Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.
By Shawn K. Stout
(2012)
age 8+
 
Fun story of tween girl getting her shot on Jeopardy!
By Donna Gephart
(2012)
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age 8+
 
Gentle tale of a boy fulfilling his grandfather's last wish.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2012)
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age 8+
 
Hilarious, willful Fudge meets his match.
By Judy Blume
(2002)
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age 8+
 
Funny, realistic family takes Fudge on vacation.
By Judy Blume
(1990)
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age 8+
 
Funny, honest novel pokes fun at sibling rivalry.
By Judy Blume
(1980)
age 8+
 
A gentle, honest look at healing after a parent's death.
By Amy Hest
(2007)
age 8+
 
A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.
By Nancy Viau
(2008)
age 8+
 
Fans of Wimpy Kid will enjoy this one, too.
By Alexander Stadler
(2008)
age 8+
 
Gentle story of Ramadan and doing what's right.
By Mary Matthews
(2000)
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age 8+
 
Snapshot of Vietnamese culture past and present.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2007)
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age 8+
 
Leo learns family secrets while rehearsing a play.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
age 8+
 
Orphaned girl seeks new family on Danish coast.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2005)
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age 8+
 
Lyrical slice-of-life from rural Thailand.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2005)

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