Book Reviews

The Only Road Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Harrowing, heartfelt tale of Central American teen refugees.
By Alexandra Diaz
(2016)
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The Meaning of Maggie Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
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Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Book Poster Image
age 9+
Historic immigration station comes alive in photos, poems.
By Russell Freedman
(2013)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
age 9+
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2012)
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The Mighty Miss Malone Book Poster Image
age 9+
Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
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The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman Book Poster Image
age 9+
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
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America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell Book Poster Image
age 9+
Frank picture book account of 9/11 best for older readers.
By Don Brown
(2011)
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Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a NOT-SO-Popular Party Girl Book Poster Image
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
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Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a NOT-SO-Fabulous Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
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Violet in Bloom: A Flower Power Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Book Poster Image
age 9+
Enjoyable, if not always accurate, history tales.
By National Children's Book & Literacy Alliance's Books
(2008)
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Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars Book Poster Image
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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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics Book Poster Image
age 9+
Stories of strong women to inspire tween politic.
By Catherine Thimmesh
(2008)
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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village Book Poster Image
age 9+
Unique, brilliant, award-winning history book.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2007)
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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon Book Poster Image
age 9+
Thrilling story of the people behind the mission.
By Catherine Thimmesh
(2006)
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The Higher Power of Lucky Book Poster Image
age 9+
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
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The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3) Book Poster Image
age 9+
Don't look for much Ember here. But OK for tweens.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2006)
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The Wanderer Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Award-winning tale takes risks with storytelling.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
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A Face First Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
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Feather Boy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant search for the truth about a boy's death.
By Nicky Singer
(2004)
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