Book Reviews

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age 9+
 
Colorful story of quirky, loving, artistic family.
By Hilary McKay
(2005)
age 10+
 
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
age 14+
 
Quirky book's mature content is best for teens.
By Norma Howe
(1999)
age 4+
 
One of the best collections of poetry ever.
By Jack Prelutsky
(1997)
age 11+
 
Compelling, simple story with an emotional wallop.
By Robert Cormier
(1992)
age 12+
 
Depicts high school with devastating accuracy.
By Avi
(1991)
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age 15+
 
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
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age 14+
 
Controversial book about rape is powerful and painful.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(1999)
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age 13+
 
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1999)
age 5+
 
Classic will be the most dog-eared on your shelf.
By Jack Prelutsky
(1983)
age 6+
 
Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
By Langston Hughes
(2009)
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age 10+
 
National Book Award winner imparts importance of empathy.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
age 6+
 
Award-winning poetry book is both scientific and magical.
By Joyce Sidman
(2010)
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age 15+
 
Gritty book about substance abuse is OK for mature teens.
By Blake Nelson
(2011)
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age 14+
 
Mature sequel examines fame, loss, and enduring love.
By Gayle Forman
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Sweet coming-of-age story teaches empathy, kindness.
By Kevin Henkes
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
age 11+
 
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
age 6+
 
Treasure of lost Seuss tales a great all-ages read-aloud.
By Dr. Seuss
(2011)
age 9+
 
Another classic poetry collection by the master of whimsy.
By Shel Silverstein
(2011)

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