Book Reviews

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age 9+
 
Poignant and funny family tale for tweens.
By Yeardley Smith
(2009)
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age 10+
 
Intense story about illegal immigration and friendship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2009)
age 11+
 
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
age 9+
 
Moving portrait of a neglected child.
By Leslie Connor
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
By Matt de la Pena
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Misfit escapes inner city. Moving identity story for teens.
By Oscar Hijuelos
(2008)
age 15+
 
Chick-lit fave gets a movie tie-in.
By Sophie Kinsella
(2001)
age 13+
 
Realistic, nonpolitical view of the war in Iraq.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Teen star's struggle gives families lots to talk about.
By Randi Reisfeld
(2008)
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age 14+
 
Southern Gossip Girl has slightly more depth.
By Susan McBride
(2008)
age 7+
 
Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
age 14+
 
Third installment of series with wild plot twists and turns.
By Janet Tashjian
(2008)
age 15+
 
Teen drunk's tragic story best for mature readers.
By Tim Tharp
(2008)
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age 14+
 
Disturbing novel explores the aftermath of bullying.
By Suzanne Phillips
(2008)
age 4+
 
Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.
By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2008)
age 8+
 
A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.
By Nancy Viau
(2008)
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age 16+
 
Thick free-verse bestseller takes graphic look at incest.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2008)
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age 14+
 
Poignant story about a car accident's aftermath.
By Marthe Jocelyn
(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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