Book Reviews

age 8+
 
A lively, universal story of unlikely friendships.
By Dick King-Smith
(1985)
age 8+
 
Scarier and more action-packed than the first book.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
age 8+
 
Action-packed, fascinating intro to Greek myths.
By Ingri d'Aulaire
(1962)
age 8+
 
A unique format that appeals to kids.
By Marissa Moss
(1999)
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age 8+
 
A reminder of all that is good around us.
By Simon James
(1999)
age 8+
 
Complex issues make this best for older kids.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2000)
age 8+
 
Story takes kids back to the frontier days.
By Jean Fritz
(2001)
age 8+
 
Mystery and fantasy combine effectively.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(1994)
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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 8+
 
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
age 8+
 
Children's biography of the famous naturalist.
By Peter Sis
(2003)
age 8+
 
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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age 8+
 
Terrific for reluctant readers, discussion groups.
By Sharon Creech
(2004)
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age 8+
 
Magical story about a boy and his grandfather.
By Peter Dickinson
(2004)
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age 8+
 
Strange, surreal tale sure to creep kids out.
By Neil Gaiman
(2004)
age 8+
 
Great for kids who love books.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
age 8+
 
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
age 8+
 
OK, but not as good as The Great Good Thing.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
age 8+
 
Poems about growing up during WWII.
By Maria Testa
(2004)
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age 8+
 
A grieving family finds an abandoned baby.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2004)

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