Book Reviews

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age 8+
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
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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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)
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age 8+
Fun, family-oriented series for young grade-schoolers.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2009)
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)
age 8+
Delightful tall tales great for reading aloud.
By Patricia McKissack
(2006)

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