Book Reviews

Not Just a Witch Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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The Tears of the Salamander Book Poster Image
age 10+
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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The Thief Lord Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A modern version of the shipwrecked story.
By Cornelia Funke
(2003)
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The First Part Last Book Poster Image
age 14+
A realistic look at being a teen parent.
By Angela Johnson
(2003)
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A Treasure's Trove Book Poster Image
age 7+
Mediocre story with brilliant marketing.
By Michael Stadther
(2006)
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The Wish List Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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The Folk Keeper Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Lyrical and exciting novel with strong heroine.
By Franny Billingsley
(2003)
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Tyrell Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
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Wizard's Holiday Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Leisurely, humorous installment in series.
By Diane Duane
(2004)
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Fat Kid Rules the World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Meaty book offers plenty to talk about.
By K. L. Going
(2004)
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Locomotion Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Boy's writings are lyrical, yet seamless and real.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2004)
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Dreamquake Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Like dreams, lauded book is confusing, ethereal.
By Elizabeth Kox
(2007)
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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Book Poster Image
age 13+
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)
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Inkheart Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Lengthy but rich fantasy great for book-loving tweens.
By Cornelia Funke
(2004)
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A Face First Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
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The Great Good Thing Book Poster Image
age 8+
Great for kids who love books.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
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Into the Labyrinth Book Poster Image
age 8+
OK, but not as good as The Great Good Thing.
By Roderick Townley
(2004)
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The Brimstone Journals Book Poster Image
age 14+
Free verse poems about troubled teens -- and school attack.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
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Stoner & Spaz Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Edgy, sardonic book is OK for mature readers.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
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