Book Reviews

The First Time She Drowned Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful, gripping story of healing after abuse.
By Kerry Kletter
(2016)
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The Way I Used to Be Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teen's life unravels after rape in insightful, sad tale.
By Amber Smith
(2016)
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The Memory of Light Book Poster Image
age 13+
Realistic, gripping look at teen suicide and mental illness.
By Francisco X. Stork
(2016)
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We Are the Ants Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Mature themes explored in angsty end-of-the-world story.
By Shaun David Hutchinson
(2016)
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A Whole New Ballgame: Rip and Red, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy.
By Phil Bildner
(2015)
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Untwine Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.
By Edwidge Danticat
(2015)
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Only Ever Yours Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Disturbing, riveting dystopian novel skewers beauty values.
By Louise O'Neill
(2015)
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The Goodbye Book Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Comforting story about grief, loss, and finding joy again.
By Todd Parr
(2015)
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What We Saw Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Thought-provoking story about consent and truth.
By Aaron Hartzler
(2015)
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Lost in the Sun Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Relatable, heartfelt tale of traumatized, angry 12-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2015)
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Monster: A Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 14+
Thought-provoking adaptation of classic coming-of-age novel.
By Walter Dean Myers, Guy A Sims
(2015)
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Jazzy's Quest: Adopted and Amazing! Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adopted girl discovers how she's special in engaging tale.
By Carrie Goldman, Juliet Bond
(2015)
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One
age 13+
Beautiful, emotional free-verse novel about conjoined twins.
By Sarah Crossan
(2015)
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All American Boys Book Poster Image
age 12+
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
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The Marvels Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Epic saga of theater family, told mostly in pictures.
By Brian Selznick
(2015)
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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Book Poster Image
age 8+
Whimsical, breezy faux memoir told by an imaginary friend.
By Michelle Cuevas
(2015)
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Every Last Word Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Touching tale of girl with OCD finding love through poetry.
By Tamara Ireland Stone
(2015)
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Fuzzy Mud Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gripping, taut eco-thriller a thoughtful, satisfying read.
By Louis Sachar
(2015)
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A Girl Undone:  A Girl Called Fearless, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Angsty, suspenseful sequel is less socially conscious.
By Catherine Linka
(2015)
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Daughter of Deep Silence Book Poster Image
age 13+
Suspend disbelief for this dishy, exciting revenge tale.
By Carrie Ryan
(2015)
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