Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
age 16+
 
Powerful look at abusive childhood for mature readers only.
By David Small
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2007)
age 14+
 
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
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age 13+
 
Fast-paced YA thriller from "suburban noir" pro.
By Harlan Coben
(2011)
age 14+
 
Masterful murder mystery takes dark view of justice.
By Agatha Christie
(1939)
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age 8+
 
Great premise overcomes an excess of clever embellishments.
By Lizzie K. Foley
(2012)
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age 12+
 
Psychological thriller about ex-assassin proves unsettling.
By Chris Lynch
(2012)
age 9+
 
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
age 12+
 
Exciting series gets personal with Boone accused of theft.
By John Grisham
(2012)
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age 10+
 
Clever, fast-paced mystery mixes spy thrills and teen drama.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2012)
age 13+
 
Exciting, nonstop techno-thriller raises big issues.
By Michelle Gagnon
(2012)
age 12+
 
Decent start to girl-who-hears-others'-thoughts series.
By Elizabeth George
(2012)
age 14+
 
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
age 9+
 
Funny, intriguing mystery of school's hidden treasure.
By Emily Fairlie
(2012)
age 9+
 
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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age 12+
 
Teen thriller sequel lacks punch of previous volume.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)
age 10+
 
Inspiring autobiography by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
By Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
(2012)
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age 14+
 
Serial killer stalks teen girl in spooky thriller.
By Kate Brian
(2013)
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age 10+
 
Touching story of resourceful girl solving a family mystery.
By Blue Balliett
(2013)

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