Book Reviews

age 9+
 
A teenager saves the world from destruction.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1978)
age 9+
 
Former Disney illustrator shares his life story.
By Bill Peet
(1989)
age 9+
 
A tale that can make a grown-up giggle too.
By Bruce Hale
(2001)
age 9+
 
Kids will be eager to complete unfinished tales.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(1984)
age 13+
 
OK read. Teens may love the supernatural elements.
By Lois Duncan
(1981)
age 12+
 
Absorbing mystery includes child abuse, sexual manipulation.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2000)
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age 15+
 
Authentic, tragic portrayal of teen drug use - a classic.
By Anonymous
(1971)
age 8+
 
Mystery and fantasy combine effectively.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(1994)
age 4+
 
Slow pace, but kids like the pageantry.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1961)
age 10+
 
Classic mystery with a touch of magic, dark humor.
By Vivian Vande Velde
(2004)
age 12+
 
Devastating portrait of brutal political movement.
By Ji-Li Jiang
(1997)
age 11+
 
A unique and truly suspenseful story.
By Joan Lowery Nixon
(1983)
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age 9+
 
A mystery, fantasy, and imaginative launch pad.
By Blue Balliett
(2004)
age 9+
 
A ghost, a family mystery, and treasure.
By Janet S. Anderson
(2004)
age 9+
 
The real-life diary of a child of nature.
By Opal Whiteley
(2005)
age 12+
 
Teen puts herself in danger to solve crime.
By Peter Abrahams
(2005)
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age 9+
 
Clever kids save historic house in tepid sequel.
By Blue Balliett
(2006)
age 9+
 
Historical details add depth to gripping mystery.
By Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
(2006)
age 10+
 
Clever detective fiction for middle-graders.
By Eoin Colfer
(2006)
age 7+
 
This tale deserves to be shared every holiday.
By Truman Capote
(1969)

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