Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Field-trip mayhem in smart, satisfying end to clever series.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
age 9+
 
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
age 9+
 
Clever sequel gets tweens to think about how they're taught.
By Tom Angleberger
(2013)
age 9+
 
Rafe goes to camp, faces bullying, copes with gross humor.
By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2013)
age 9+
 
Goofy comedy for young boys riffs on horror cliches.
By Charles Gilman
(2013)
age 9+
 
Comic-strip collection makes middle-school trials relatable.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
age 9+
 
Greg hilariously searches for dance date in 7th book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2012)
age 9+
 
Funny series continues with more folding and friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
age 9+
 
Wisecracking narrator hogs spotlight in funny twins tale.
By Ellis Weiner
(2012)
age 9+
 
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2012)
age 9+
 
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2011)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 9+
 
Will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans and reluctant readers.
By Lincoln Peirce
(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+
 
Greg faces puberty's horrors in funny 5th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2010)
age 9+
 
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
age 9+
 
Milder than Wimpy Kid, and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
age 9+
 
Meet a crabby 90-year-old heroine kids will love.
By Richard Peck
(2009)
age 9+
 
Sweet, funny summer vacation tale in 4th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2009)

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