Book Reviews

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air  Balloon Ride Book Poster Image
age 4+
Pretty, silly tale of balloon flight by animals.
By Marjorie Priceman
(2006)
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The Tequila Worm Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Moving tale of Latina going to white boarding school.
By Viola Canales
(2006)
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A Certain Small Shepherd Book Poster Image
age 5+
Mute boy's Christmas play becomes strangely real.
By Rebecca Caudill
(2005)
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Ramona and Her Father Book Poster Image
age 9+
A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!
By Beverly Cleary
(2000)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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Millions Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Multifacted tale hits the mark with wit, depth.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2005)
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Replay Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Leo learns family secrets while rehearsing a play.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
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Walking Mary Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Intriguing tale with mature themes; best for teens.
By James VanOosting
(2005)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(1961)
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The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove Book Poster Image
age 8+
Orphaned girl seeks new family on Danish coast.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2005)
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Silk Umbrellas Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Lyrical slice-of-life from rural Thailand.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2005)
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Sun & Spoon Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Boy seeks something to remember his grandmother.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
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The Glory Field Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Stunning saga of an African-American family.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1994)
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North of Everything Book Poster Image
age 8+
A family moves from Florida to a Vermont farm.
By Craig Crist-Evans
(2004)
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Charlie's Raven Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Charlie believes a raven can cure his grandfather.
By Jean Craighead George
(2004)
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Watership Down Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Thinking person's bunny story will appeal to kids.
By Richard Adams
(1972)
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Thief of Dreams Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Boy is horrified to discover uncle's secret life.
By Todd Strasser
(2004)
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Shiloh Book Poster Image
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age 9+
In taut, unforgettable drama, nothing is simple.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(1991)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
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A Hive for the Honeybee Book Poster Image
age 9+
Insect allegory might be too slow for most kids.
By Soinbhe Lally
(2004)
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