Book Reviews

Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a NOT-SO-Popular Party Girl Book Poster Image
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
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Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a NOT-SO-Fabulous Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
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Bink & Gollie Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.
By Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
(2010)
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Violet in Bloom: A Flower Power Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
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My Antonia Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2011)
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Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots Book Poster Image
age 12+
Summer read with a bit of depth and country charm.
By Abby McDonald
(2010)
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I'm the Best Book Poster Image
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age 2+
A humbling, loving lesson on how boasting can hurt friends.
By Lucy Cousins
(2010)
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Exposure Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gritty retelling of Shakespeare tale for older teens.
By Mal Peet
(2009)
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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)
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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Book Poster Image
age 12+
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
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The Joy Luck Club Book Poster Image
age 14+
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(1989)
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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slow-paced but sweet prequel to classic friendship series.
By Ann M. Martin
(2010)
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Cat the Cat, Who Is That? Book Poster Image
age 2+
Charming friend tale for both toddlers and new readers.
By Mo Willems
(2010)
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age 15+
Wild night of parties, drug deals, and mature misadventures.
By Peter Lerangis
(2009)
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The Schwa Was Here Book Poster Image
age 10+
Going unnoticed isn't always fun.
By Neal Shusterman
(2004)
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Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends Book Poster Image
age 4+
Warm friendship tale may inspire kids to go out and explore.
By Wong Herbert Yee
(2009)
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The Popularity Papers Book Poster Image
age 9+
Good-hearted story about popularity's true meaning.
By Amy Ignatow
(2010)
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The Lion and the Mouse Book Poster Image
age 3+
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2009)
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This Means War Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gentle look into gender roles; age-appropriate for tweens.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2010)
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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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