Book Reviews

age 10+
 
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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age 14+
 
Luminous story of pregnant teen's summer in Spain.
By Beth Kephart
(2012)
age 10+
 
Gripping story of three sibs fending for themselves in 1974.
By Sheila O'Connor
(2012)
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age 16+
 
Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.
By Rudyard Kipling
(1901)
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age 16+
 
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2003)
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age 16+
 
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2012)
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age 14+
 
Sensitive tale of teen's descent into mental illness.
By Neal Shusterman
(2015)
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age 9+
 
A timeless and thought-provoking novel.
By Natalie Babbitt
(1975)
age 14+
 
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(1989)
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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)
age 10+
 
Funny, emotional novel explores generations of family ties.
By Roddy Doyle
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
age 11+
 
Moose's ties to Al Capone deepen in engaging sequel.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2009)
age 11+
 
Moose tries to protect his dad in exciting third in series.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2013)
age 14+
 
Engaging novel shows teens' lives altered by tragedy.
By Robyn Schneider
(2013)
age 14+
 
Heartbreaking but beautiful novel about a sister's grief.
By Ava Dellaira
(2014)
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age 9+
 
Captivating tale of U.S. girl meeting her family in Vietnam.
By Thanhha Lai
(2015)
age 8+
 
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
age 11+
 
Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)

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