Book Reviews

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age 10+
 
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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age 11+
 
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
age 8+
 
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
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age 15+
 
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
age 10+
 
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
age 13+
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
age 13+
 
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)
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age 9+
 
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
age 9+
 
Poems about God experiencing life as a human.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Poignant search for the truth about a boy's death.
By Nicky Singer
(2004)
age 12+
 
Poetry helps a jock get well -- and get the girl.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
age 15+
 
Heartbreaking, intense story of boy freed after kidnapping.
By Catherine Atkins
(2004)
age 8+
 
A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya.
By Joelle Stolz
(2005)
age 11+
 
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
age 13+
 
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
age 12+
 
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
age 9+
 
White settlers force Indian family to leave land.
By Louise Erdrich
(2005)
age 9+
 
Learn how ancient cathedrals were built.
By David Macaulay
(1973)

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