Book Reviews

The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
Sounder Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(1969)
Bless Me, Ultima Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.
By Rudolfo Anaya
(1972)
Ask the Passengers Book Poster Image
age 14+
Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)
Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
age 10+
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
Paperboy Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Award-winning coming-of-age book teaches empathy, bravery.
By Vince Vawter
(2013)
The Crossover Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Soaring, poignant, poetic story hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
The Turtle of Oman Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poetic story about boy who doesn't want to move to America.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2014)
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gay teen's coming out becomes a musical in fun, campy novel.
By David Levithan
(2015)
The Boy in the Black Suit Book Poster Image
age 12+
Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2015)
Pax Book Poster Image
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Pax
age 10+
Compelling, heartrending story of boy and fox in dystopia.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2016)
Summerlost Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Deeply moving story of grieving girl trying to move on.
By Ally Condie
(2016)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Book Poster Image
age 10+
Strong sequel sparkles with charm, humor, and heart.
By Tim Federle
(2014)
Boy21 Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2012)
It's Kind of a Funny Story Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brilliant, edgy story about suicide best for mature teens.
By Ned Vizzini
(2006)
Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Moose tries to protect his dad in exciting third in series.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2013)
Darius & Twig Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Quiet, sometimes poetic story of teens' scholarship quest.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez Book Poster Image
age 8+
Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
By Peter Johnson
(2014)
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza Book Poster Image
age 11+
Joey tries to heal his family in emotional series finale.
By Jack Gantos
(2014)
Public School Superhero Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inner-city middle school tale is funny and compassionate.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)

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