Book Reviews

age 16+
 
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)
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age 10+
 
Lyrical tale of small-town teens in a '60s summer.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2006)
age 15+
 
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Teen angst and serious issues; best for mature teens.
By Sarah Dessen
(2006)
age 9+
 
Don't look for much Ember here. But OK for tweens.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2006)
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age 11+
 
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
age 13+
 
Fun format adds creativity to gay-themed coming-of-age book.
By Brent Hartinger
(2007)
age 17+
 
Provocative book about social networking gone bad.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2007)
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age 10+
 
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2006)
age 8+
 
Outcast finds her niche in smart, funny read.
By Lauren Tarshis
(2007)
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age 15+
 
Good friendship tale, but sex, drugs, labels, too.
By Caroline Says, Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne
(2007)
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age 12+
 
Feisty heroine deals with adventure, romance, family drama.
By Maureen Johnson
(2007)
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age 16+
 
Intense poems of meth addiction; read with teens.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2007)
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age 12+
 
Quirky friends make this sweet story soar.
By Siobhan Parkinson
(2008)
age 14+
 
Sad, witty, powerful read about a parent dying.
By Margo Rabb
(2007)
age 13+
 
Tender tale about a boy whose moms split up.
By Julie Anne Peters
(2008)
age 15+
 
Raw look at loss & addiction best for older teens.
By Joyce Carol Oates
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Satisfying coming-of-age read.
By Natasha Friend
(2007)
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age 9+
 
Insightful and frank novel explores beauty in America.
By An Na
(2008)

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