Book Reviews

Unlocked: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 8.5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Short tale, long reference volume best for super fans.
By Shannon Messenger
(2020)
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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl and her dad flee grief in heart-filled road-trip tale.
By Dan Gemeinhart
(2019)
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Flashback: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Little is resolved in colossal teen-elf epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2018)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
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Aru Shah and the End of Time: Pandava, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Flawed but fascinating modern spin on Indian mythology.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2018)
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Nightfall: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teen elves face cosmic peril, crushes in epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2017)
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The War I Finally Won Book Poster Image
age 9+
Ada shows courage in riveting English wartime sequel.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2017)
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Refugee Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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Exile: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting sequel keeps momentum of telepathic elf-girl tale.
By Shannon Messenger
(2013)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Greg hilariously searches for dance date in 7th book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2012)
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Ungifted Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2005)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting, expertly crafted novel shows utopia's flaws.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful story of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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