Book Reviews

Street Love Book Poster Image
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age 12+
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
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Thirteen Reasons Why Book Poster Image
age 14+
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
By Jay Asher
(2007)
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After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away Book Poster Image
age 15+
Raw look at loss & addiction best for older teens.
By Joyce Carol Oates
(2006)
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November Blues Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. Teens and up.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2007)
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The Ashleys #1: There's a New Name in School Book Poster Image
age 11+
Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2008)
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Perfect: Pretty Little Liars #3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
By Sara Shepard
(2007)
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Story of a Girl Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Coming-of-age story about girl who had sex at 13.
By Sara Zarr
(2007)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
age 14+
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
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Slam Book Poster Image
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age 14+
An honest look at teen pregnancy from boy's point of view.
By Nick Hornby
(2007)
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Flush Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens fight polluting casino boat owner.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2005)
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Love, Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)
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Strays Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gripping story of teen entering foster care.
By Ron Koertge
(2007)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
age 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(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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Surrender Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
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An Abundance of Katherines Book Poster Image
age 14+
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
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Tyrell Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
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Things Hoped For Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Flipped Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
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The Da Vinci Code Book Poster Image
age 15+
Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults.
By Dan Brown
(2006)
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