Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Strong Prairie Evers sequel focuses on Ivy.
By Ellen Airgood
(2015)
age 9+
 
Installment in popular series is long on drama, stereotypes.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2015)
age 9+
 
Second fun adventure is creepier, less gross.
By Tom Angleberger
(2015)
age 9+
 
Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.
By Tommy Greenwald
(2015)
age 9+
 
Funny middle schoolers' adventure brims with potty talk.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
age 9+
 
Tween girls learn to accept change in light summer read.
By Lisa Greenwald
(2014)
age 9+
 
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
age 9+
 
Nate gets cool but sticks with friends in comic adventure.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2014)
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age 9+
 
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 9+
 
Realistic story about friendship and facing fears.
By Judy Blume
(1972)
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+
 
Slow-paced but sweet prequel to classic friendship series.
By Ann M. Martin
(2010)
age 9+
 
Good-hearted story about popularity's true meaning.
By Amy Ignatow
(2010)
age 9+
 
Similarities trump differences in true friendship.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(2009)
age 9+
 
After-school special-style novel on weight loss.
By Annie Bryant
(2005)
age 9+
 
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
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age 9+
 
Offbeat, moving tale of coping with grief.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)

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