Book Reviews

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King Book Poster Image
age 9+
Powerful poems examine the final months of MLK's life.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2018)
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Demon Dentist Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Macabre, grisly tale mines Dahl, but with less charm.
By David Walliams
(2016)
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Anna Dressed in Blood Book Poster Image
age 15+
Hip, gory teen ghost hunter story delivers on its title.
By Kendare Blake
(2011)
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror/action comedy has serious underpinnings.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2013)
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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Book Poster Image
age 15+
Dark, violent, sensuous vampire tale best for older teens.
By Holly Black
(2013)
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The Twelve-Fingered Boy Book Poster Image
age 15+
Exciting, creepy horror adventure tweaks superheroics.
By John Hornor Jacobs
(2013)
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Teacher's Pest: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bug-monsters offer light horror hijinks in third volume.
By Charles Gilman
(2013)
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Case File 13: Zombie Kid Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror tale has light scares and lots of body humor.
By J. Scott Savage
(2012)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
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This Is Not a Test Book Poster Image
age 15+
Zombie apocalypse meets mature high school-set thriller.
By Courtney Summers
(2012)
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Different Seasons Book Poster Image
age 15+
Four classic King tales, pretty raw stuff in places.
By Stephen King
(2004)
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Imaginary Girls Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, disturbing psychological thriller for mature teens.
By Nova Ren Suma
(2011)
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The Dark and Hollow Places: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Mature romance and violence during zombie apocalypse.
By Carrie Ryan
(2011)
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Department 19 Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Suspenseful vampire horror really goes for the gore.
By Will Hill
(2011)
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The Dead-Tossed Waves: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Intense zombie horror-romance more violent than the first.
By Carrie Ryan
(2010)
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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves Book Poster Image
age 9+
Lively profile of a brave man living in a dangerous time.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2009)
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Monstrumologist Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gruesomely good gothic horror too violent for younger teens.
By Rick Yancey
(2009)
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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening Book Poster Image
age 15+
Sexually violent book is nothing like the TV show.
By L. J. Smith
(2009)
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Three Cups of Tea Book Poster Image
age 9+
Uplifting true story adapted for younger readers.
By Greg Mortenson, Sarah Thomson, David Oliver Relin
(2009)
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No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row Book Poster Image
age 15+
Raw stories from teens on death row; read along with teens.
By Susan Kuklin
(2008)
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