Book Reviews

age 13+
 
Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.
By Morgan Matson
(2012)
age 12+
 
Prose and comics mix in intense tale of sibling rivalry.
By Cecil Castellucci
(2012)
age 10+
 
Gripping story of three sibs fending for themselves in 1974.
By Sheila O'Connor
(2012)
age 14+
 
Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)
age 12+
 
Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.
By Betty Smith
(1943)
age 13+
 
Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read.
By Jenny Han
(2014)
age 10+
 
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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age 10+
 
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
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age 9+
 
Soaring, poignant, poetic story hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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age 9+
 
Emotional story of Jewish refugee children continues.
By Annika Thor
(2011)
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age 15+
 
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(1982)
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age 11+
 
Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
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age 13+
 
Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.
By Emmy Laybourne
(2012)
age 8+
 
Orange tree draws a neighborhood together in unique story.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2011)
age 13+
 
Savvy coming-of-age tale is great for mature teens.
By Sarah Dessen
(2013)
age 14+
 
Gritty story about a boy growing up fast in prison.
By Shawn Goodman
(2013)
age 11+
 
Moose's ties to Al Capone deepen in engaging sequel.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Lyrical coming-of-age tale undercut by iffy gender messages.
By Bennett Madison
(2013)
age 11+
 
Moose tries to protect his dad in exciting third in series.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2013)
age 8+
 
Charming, realistic take on middle school popularity race.
By Maria T. Lennon
(2013)

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