Book Reviews

age 4+
 
Touching lesson for kids -- and their parents!
By Robie H. Harris
(2008)
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age 16+
 
Thick free-verse bestseller takes graphic look at incest.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2008)
age 7+
 
Offbeat fun ideal for early chapter book readers.
By Peggy Gifford
(2007)
age 9+
 
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Great discussion book on sex and repercussions.
By Laura Ruby
(2006)
age 14+
 
Ripped-from-headlines story of mistaken identity.
By Jacquelyn Mitchard
(2008)
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age 12+
 
Freaky life-swap tale with fashion and flair.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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age 13+
 
Light, soapy summer read about a teen soap writer.
By David Van Etten
(2008)
age 16+
 
Strip club on prom night? Worth a parent preview.
By Brian Sloan
(2008)
age 14+
 
Rich-girl series is so materialistic it hurts.
By Lisi Harrison
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Teen copes after sisters die at mom's hand.
By R. A. Nelson
(2007)
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age 13+
 
Good lesson on fame's price, but iffy content, too.
By Robin Benway
(2008)
age 10+
 
Exciting vampire tale sucks in reluctant readers.
By Heather Brewer
(2007)
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age 12+
 
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
age 14+
 
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
By Jay Asher
(2007)
age 15+
 
Raw look at loss & addiction best for older teens.
By Joyce Carol Oates
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. Teens and up.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2007)
age 11+
 
Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2008)
age 14+
 
Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
By Sara Shepard
(2007)
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age 14+
 
Coming-of-age story about girl who had sex at 13.
By Sara Zarr
(2007)

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