Book Reviews

The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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Speak Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Controversial book about rape is powerful and painful.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(1999)
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Monster Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1999)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
age 14+
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
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Mockingbird Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
age 14+
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
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The First Part Last Book Poster Image
age 14+
A realistic look at being a teen parent.
By Angela Johnson
(2003)
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Olive's Ocean Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
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Tyrell Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
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Stoner & Spaz Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Edgy, sardonic book is OK for mature readers.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
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How I Live Now Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Powerful, violent tale about kids caught in a modern war.
By Meg Rosoff
(2005)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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The Boy from the Basement Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
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You Don't Know Me Book Poster Image
age 13+
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
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The Higher Power of Lucky Book Poster Image
age 9+
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
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Tuck Everlasting Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A timeless and thought-provoking novel.
By Natalie Babbitt
(1975)
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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Book Poster Image
age 10+
Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later.
By Judy Blume
(1970)
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Perfect Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Poignant read perfect for mom-teen girl book club.
By Natasha Friend
(2004)
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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Looking for Alaska Book Poster Image
age 16+
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
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