Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Uplifting true story adapted for younger readers.
By David Relin, Greg Mortenson, Sarah Thomson
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)
age 11+
 
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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age 13+
 
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
age 7+
 
Extraordinary book celebrates curiosity, and an amazing man.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2009)
age 10+
 
The way biographies for children ought to be done.
By Candace Fleming
(2008)
age 15+
 
Raw stories from teens on death row; read along with teens.
By Susan Kuklin
(2008)
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age 7+
 
Lightweight story with great illustrations.
By Brian Selznick
(1991)
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age 11+
 
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Exciting but darkly cynical view of Arthur legend.
By Philip Reeve
(2008)
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Ivy
age 14+
 
Dickens-style tale with addiction and thievery.
By Julie Hearn
(2008)
age 9+
 
Delightfully warmhearted Arthurian tales.
By Gerald Morris
(1998)
age 6+
 
Masterful illustrations and an inspirational bio.
By Robert Andrew Parker
(2008)
age 8+
 
Kit meets economic adversity with courage, spunk.
By Valerie Tripp
(2000)
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age 9+
 
A child's view of '50s Dodgers and the Korean war.
By Linda Sue Park
(2008)
age 10+
 
Evolution case in brief poems about the locals.
By Jen Bryant
(2008)
age 14+
 
Disturbing, moving bio told in verse. Too violent for kids.
By Margarita Engle
(2006)
age 10+
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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age 13+
 
Fictionalized bio in verse a great intro to Plath's poetry.
By Stephanie Hemphill
(2007)

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