Book Reviews

age 12+
 
Gripping story of Mexican boy who migrates to U.S. alone.
By Theodore Taylor
(2003)
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age 15+
 
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
age 13+
 
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)
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age 9+
 
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
age 9+
 
Poems about God experiencing life as a human.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Poignant search for the truth about a boy's death.
By Nicky Singer
(2004)
age 12+
 
Poetry helps a jock get well -- and get the girl.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
age 15+
 
Heartbreaking, intense story of boy freed after kidnapping.
By Catherine Atkins
(2004)
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age 14+
 
Racism, mystery, murder, and politics ... at the mall.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 11+
 
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
age 13+
 
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
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age 9+
 
Powerful shipwreck story has anti-racism message..
By Theodore Taylor
(1987)
age 5+
 
Pun-filled, engaging adventure.
By Gary Clement
(1999)
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age 11+
 
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(1987)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 9+
 
A clever, suspenseful mystery in series.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 9+
 
The least subtle book thus far in the series.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 10+
 
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
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age 10+
 
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
age 11+
 
Young adult fiction about life in Cuba.
By Anilu Bernardo
(1996)

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