Book Reviews

age 10+
 
Inspiring autobiography by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
By Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
(2012)
age 7+
 
Super sleuths turn matchmakers in fun Valentine caper.
By Jane O'Connor
(2013)
age 15+
 
Affecting, darkly comic novel has heavy, mature themes.
By John Irving
(1989)
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age 10+
 
Brave misfit tames fears in inspiring, surprising novel.
By Rebecca Stead
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
age 6+
 
Friendship strengthens in fun, tender graphic novel sequel.
By Alison McGhee, Kate DiCamillo
(2012)
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age 8+
 
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
age 6+
 
Charming story of lonely, book-loving girl who finds friend.
By Andrea Cheng
(2012)
age 8+
 
Fun story shows that inclusion is better than exclusion.
By Stephanie Barden
(2012)
age 12+
 
Charming tale of high school jitters, with a ghostly twist.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2012)
age 14+
 
Cryptic photos drive emotional novel of teen angst and loss.
By David Levithan
(2011)
age 11+
 
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(1982)
age 13+
 
Kids', teens' authors share personal bullying experiences.
By Carrie Jones, Megan Kelley Hall
(2011)
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age 10+
 
A fresh look at tween obsession with being in the in crowd.
By Hillary Homzie
(2011)
age 9+
 
Realistic story about friendship and facing fears.
By Judy Blume
(1972)
age 14+
 
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
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age 14+
 
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2007)
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age 6+
 
Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.
By Alison McGhee, Kate DiCamillo
(2010)
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age 12+
 
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2011)
age 12+
 
Summer read with a bit of depth and country charm.
By Abby McDonald
(2010)

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