Book Reviews

Rodzina Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
Milkweed Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
How to be Popular Book Poster Image
age 12+
Predictable book with a positive point; tweens OK.
By Meg Cabot
(2006)
Olive's Ocean Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
Aleutian Sparrow Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
Chig and the Second Spread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
The Shakespeare Stealer Book Poster Image
age 9+
A fresh look at Shakespeare for young readers.
By Gary Blackwood
(1998)
Shakespeare's Spy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
Before We Were Free Book Poster Image
age 13+
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
Moon of Two Dark Horses Book Poster Image
age 9+
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
Dolores: Seven Stories About Her Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engrossing stories contain mature themes.
By Bruce Brooks
(2004)
Witness Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
The Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
Headlock Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Solid wrestling read for teen boys has heart.
By Joyce Sweeney
(2006)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
The Shadows of Ghadames Book Poster Image
age 8+
A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya.
By Joelle Stolz
(2005)
Good Enough Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Overachiever learns a new definition of success.
By Paula Yoo
(2008)
A True and Faithful Narrative Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engrossing read with strong 17th-century heroine.
By Katherine Sturtevant
(2006)

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