Book Reviews

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age 11+
 
Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
age 14+
 
Heartwrenching love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
age 16+
 
Controversial coming-of-age classic with sex, drugs, abuse.
By Stephen Chbosky
(1999)
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age 10+
 
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
age 15+
 
Edgy, clever gay-themed tale about teens with same name.
By David Levithan, John Green
(2010)
age 12+
 
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
(2006)
age 14+
 
Teen grows beyond dysfunctional family in romantic outing.
By Sarah Dessen
(2009)
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age 16+
 
Extremely intense, gritty look at teen prostitutes.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2009)
age 16+
 
Real addict offers honest, mature portrayal.
By Nic Sheff
(2008)
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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+
 
Satisfying coming-of-age read.
By Natasha Friend
(2007)
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age 16+
 
Very mature book about boy molested by teacher.
By Barry Lyga
(2007)
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age 16+
 
Intense poems of meth addiction; read with teens.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2007)
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age 16+
 
Gritty book about suicide survivors told in free verse.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2007)
age 15+
 
First book in cliquey girls' series shows off bad behavior.
By Sara Shepard
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Poignant read perfect for mom-teen girl book club.
By Natasha Friend
(2004)
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age 14+
 
Heavy look at prescription drug abuse for teens.
By Tracy Lynn
(2006)
age 16+
 
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
age 11+
 
Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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age 13+
 
Intense school-shooting book will trigger heated discussion.
By Todd Strasser
(2000)

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