Book Reviews

Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
The Color Purple Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(1982)
Al Capone Shines My Shoes: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose's ties to Al Capone deepen in engaging sequel.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2009)
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Book Poster Image
age 8+
Orange tree draws a neighborhood together in unique story.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2011)
The Lily Pond Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Emotional story of Jewish refugee children continues.
By Annika Thor
(2011)
Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
age 12+
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2011)
The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini Book Poster Image
age 10+
Relatable, realistic story of a teen boy in a rough 'hood.
By Peter Johnson
(2012)
Wonder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
Jake and Lily Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Twins with deep bond grow apart in funny, thoughtful story.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2012)
Second Chance Summer Book Poster Image
age 13+
Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.
By Morgan Matson
(2012)
The Year of the Beasts Book Poster Image
age 12+
Prose and comics mix in intense tale of sibling rivalry.
By Cecil Castellucci
(2012)
Monument 14 Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.
By Emmy Laybourne
(2012)
Tilt Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Teens grow up too fast in intense stories told in poetry.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2012)
Sweet Valley High Series Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic series about twin teens is shallow but satisfying.
By Francine Pascal
(1984)
Keeping Safe the Stars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gripping story of three sibs fending for themselves in 1974.
By Sheila O'Connor
(2012)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.
By Betty Smith
(1943)
All You Never Wanted Book Poster Image
age 15+
Dark, twisty tale of rich teen girls' sibling rivalry.
By Adele Griffin
(2012)
Ask the Passengers Book Poster Image
age 14+
Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)

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