Book Reviews

age 14+
Teen's emotional journey through loss, addiction, recovery.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2012)
age 13+
Intimate, intense tale of soldier healing from brain injury.
By Harry Mazer, Peter Lerangis
(2012)
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age 14+
Violent but riveting story of Haiti's past and present.
By Nick Lake
(2012)
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age 12+
Haunting tale of a boy coming to terms with mother's cancer.
By Patrick Ness
(2011)
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age 10+
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2010)
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age 12+
Compelling tale of teen haunted by troubled sister's death.
By Marcella Pixley
(2011)
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age 12+
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
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age 4+
Candid charmer a positive intro to self-esteem and race.
By Taye Diggs
(2011)
age 12+
Heartfelt letters to cyberbullied teen inspire compassion.
By Olivia Gardner, Emily Buder, Sarah Buder
(2008)
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age 4+
Affirming story of a little rat standing up to a bully.
By Tracey Campbell Pearson
(2004)
age 9+
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 10+
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
age 14+
Inauthentic story explores mental illness, Internet rumors.
By Janet Ruth Young
(2011)
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
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age 15+
Gritty retelling of Shakespeare tale for older teens.
By Mal Peet
(2009)
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age 16+
From suicide to bullying, every tough teen topic is present.
By Lauren Oliver
(2010)
age 12+
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
age 4+
A humorous lesson in the power of positive thinking.
By Kevin Waldron
(2010)

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