Book Reviews

age 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)
age 9+
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
age 14+
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
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age 15+
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
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age 10+
Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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age 11+
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
age 15+
Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults.
By Dan Brown
(2006)
age 9+
Don't look for much Ember here. But OK for tweens.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2006)
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age 13+
Teen angst and serious issues; best for mature teens.
By Sarah Dessen
(2006)
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age 10+
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2006)
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age 14+
Powerful but mature novel about child assassins.
By Matt Whyman
(2006)
age 15+
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
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age 10+
Lyrical tale of small-town teens in a '60s summer.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2006)
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age 12+
Holes sequel delves into edgier territory.
By Louis Sachar
(2006)
age 14+
Teen survives abuse by mentally ill older sister.
By Norma Fox Mazer
(2000)
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age 11+
Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
age 13+
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
age 11+
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)

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