Book Reviews

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age 12+
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
age 14+
So-so sequel with teen pregnancy, mean girl, and a gay ex.
By Carrie Jones
(2008)
age 14+
Lots of teen sex talk, but it never gets raunchy.
By Kate Brian
(2008)
age 14+
Love story collection is sweet but edgy.
By David Levithan
(2008)
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age 13+
Living in a hotel can be so complicated. Just OK.
By Maureen Johnson
(2008)
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age 14+
Solid primer on what it means to be a transgender teen.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2007)
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age 14+
Teen starts cheating ring; sassy but predictable.
By Cherry Cheva
(2008)
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age 12+
Tale of plus-sized actress addresses body image concerns.
By C. Leigh Purtill
(2008)
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age 11+
Fun switcheroo tale is good for gender-role talk.
By Blake Nelson
(2007)
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age 13+
Good lesson on fame's price, but iffy content, too.
By Robin Benway
(2008)
age 14+
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
By Jay Asher
(2007)
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age 14+
Comical coming-of-age with teen sex, MIA parents.
By Kristen Tracy
(2007)
age 15+
Edgy book about cool city kids is only mildly fun.
By Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
(2007)
age 14+
Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
By Sara Shepard
(2007)
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age 15+
Yet another cliquey series, but with a nicer star.
By Kate Brian
(2006)
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age 12+
Mixed-race teen thoughtfully dissects race issues.
By Janet McDonald
(2007)
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age 13+
Light, soapy summer read about a teen soap writer.
By David Van Etten
(2008)
age 7+
Offbeat fun ideal for early chapter book readers.
By Peggy Gifford
(2007)
age 9+
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
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age 16+
Twisted gender ID tale rife with sex-talk topics.
By Lauren McLaughlin
(2008)

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