Book Reviews

age 9+
Brash foster-kid tale a great choice for reluctant readers.
By Katherine Paterson
(1978)
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
age 16+
Powerful look at abusive childhood for mature readers only.
By David Small
(2009)
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
age 14+
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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age 14+
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2007)
age 10+
Lighthearted tale of eccentric family's creative homeschool.
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(2002)
age 10+
Inspiring autobiography by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
By Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
(2012)
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age 10+
Moving, entertaining tale of dysfunctional family's turmoil.
By Natasha Farrant
(2013)
age 10+
Moving free-verse tale of immigrant girl's new life in UK.
By Sarah Crossan
(2013)
age 9+
Wonderful story of mute boy mysteriously left on farm.
By Sharon Creech
(2013)
age 10+
Girl struggles to find home in story of grief and healing.
By Tracy Holczer
(2014)
age 10+
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
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age 9+
Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.
By Cece Bell
(2014)
age 8+
Mild story a winner for reluctant-reader robot fans.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2014)
age 4+
Sweet, silly zombie family tale full of ghoulish giggles.
By Kelly DiPucchio
(2014)
age 6+
Kind boy tries to cheer up sister in funny, relatable story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2015)
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age 12+
Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)

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