Book Reviews

Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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The Puppy Sister Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Joyous story about the power of family love.
By S. E. Hinton
(1995)
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Whirligig Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
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Guess How Much I Love You Book Poster Image
age 2+
Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.
By Sam McBratney
(1996)
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Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
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The Hello, Goodbye Window Book Poster Image
age 2+
Warm drawings and text make this a must-have book.
By Norton Juster
(2006)
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Millions Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Multifacted tale hits the mark with wit, depth.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2005)
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Ramona and Her Father Book Poster Image
age 9+
A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!
By Beverly Cleary
(2000)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
age 14+
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
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King of the Screwups Book Poster Image
age 14+
Enchanting stereotype-bending novel; teens only.
By K. L. Going
(2009)
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Marcelo in the Real World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gorgeously moving story about autistic teen.
By Francisco X. Stork
(2009)
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Purple Heart Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful, heartbreaking tale of young soldiers in Iraq.
By Patricia McCormick
(2009)
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Heart of a Shepherd Book Poster Image
age 9+
Growing up in the heartland beautifully, movingly portrayed.
By Roseanne Parry
(2009)
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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)
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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach Book Poster Image
age 10+
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
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A Monster Calls Book Poster Image
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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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The Lost Songs Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Compelling story of Southern teen surviving druggie mom.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(2011)
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A Raisin in the Sun Book Poster Image
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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Tiger Eyes Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful novel examines teen's world of grief.
By Judy Blume
(1981)
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Just One Day Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Mature romance explores love, travel, and self-discovery.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
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