Book Reviews

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age 9+
 
Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
age 9+
 
Fairy tale twist adds to the fun in popular series.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
age 9+
 
Fluffy addition to tween series spotlights reality TV.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
age 9+
 
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
age 9+
 
Students stand up to principal and bullies in clever sequel.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
age 9+
 
Funny, oddball story about sticking up for a friend.
By Tom Angleberger
(2011)
age 9+
 
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2010)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
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+
 
Funny middle-school survival story for boys and hamsters.
By Donna Gephart
(2010)
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+
 
Kids build a big tetrahedron, lasting friendships.
By Shelley Pearsall
(2006)
age 9+
 
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
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age 9+
 
A disfigured classmate teaches stirring lessons.
By Tony Abbott
(2006)
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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