Book Reviews

A Raisin in the Sun Book Poster Image
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
Violet in Bloom: A Flower Power Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
Todd's TV Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Funny way to talk about how much TV is too much.
By James Proimos
(2010)
Dad and Pop Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Celebrates a girl's relationship with her dad and stepdad.
By Kelly Bennett
(2010)
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Book Poster Image
age 8+
A gentle, honest look at healing after a parent's death.
By Amy Hest
(2007)
One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
Exposure Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gritty retelling of Shakespeare tale for older teens.
By Mal Peet
(2009)
Before I Fall Book Poster Image
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age 16+
From suicide to bullying, every tough teen topic is present.
By Lauren Oliver
(2010)
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Book Poster Image
age 12+
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
The Joy Luck Club Book Poster Image
age 14+
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(1989)
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age 15+
Wild night of parties, drug deals, and mature misadventures.
By Peter Lerangis
(2009)
Heart of a Shepherd Book Poster Image
age 9+
Growing up in the heartland beautifully, movingly portrayed.
By Roseanne Parry
(2009)
Crow Call Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Tender father-daughter tale is best for school-aged kids.
By Lois Lowry
(2009)
Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
The Everafter Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Mystery, not misery, at heart of this dead teen narrative.
By Amy Huntley
(2009)
Purple Heart Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful, heartbreaking tale of young soldiers in Iraq.
By Patricia McCormick
(2009)
Beautiful Book Poster Image
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age 17+
Good-girl-goes-bad tale packed with adult content.
By Amy Reed
(2009)
The Lovely Bones Book Poster Image
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age 17+
Violent, disturbing read meant for discussion with teens.
By Alice Sebold
(2002)
Wild Girl Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Horse tale with more depth and a strong girl lead.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2009)
If I Grow Up Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Very violent, stereotyped look at life in the 'hood.
By Todd Strasser
(2009)

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