Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
age 9+
 
A girls-vs.-boys twist in magic-filled sequel.
By Soman Chainani
(2014)
age 9+
 
Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
By Keith McGowan
(2009)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 9+
 
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 9+
 
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
 
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
age 9+
 
Delightful, exciting adventure for girls who love fantasy.
By Andrea Burden, Jan Bozarth
(2009)
age 9+
 
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
age 9+
 
Delightfully offbeat fairytale full of surprises.
By Jean Ferris
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Overlong, partly successful fairy-tale mash-up.
By Lyn Gardner
(2007)
age 9+
 
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
age 9+
 
Don't look for much Ember here. But OK for tweens.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Award-winning tale takes risks with storytelling.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
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age 9+
 
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Poignant search for the truth about a boy's death.
By Nicky Singer
(2004)
age 9+
 
Poems about God experiencing life as a human.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Boy's writings are lyrical, yet seamless and real.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2004)
age 9+
 
A farcical re-working of 10 familiar fairy tales.
By Jon Scieszka
(1992)