Book Reviews

AGE
10
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Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
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By Karen Cushman
(2003)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
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By Richard Peck
(2003)
AGE
11
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Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
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By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
AGE
15
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Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
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By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
AGE
14
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A realistic look at being a teen parent.
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By Angela Johnson
(2003)
AGE
12
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Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
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By Karen Hesse
(2003)
AGE
8
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Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
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By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
AGE
15
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Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
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By Coe Booth
(2006)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
A fresh look at Shakespeare for young readers.
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By Gary Blackwood
(1998)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Meaty book offers plenty to talk about.
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By K. L. Going
(2004)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
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By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Boy's writings are lyrical, yet seamless and real.
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By Jacqueline Woodson
(2004)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
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By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
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By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
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By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
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By Karen Hesse
(2004)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
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By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
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By Paula Fox
(2004)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Free verse poems about troubled teens -- and school attack.
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By Ron Koertge
(2004)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Edgy, sardonic book is OK for mature readers.
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By Ron Koertge
(2004)

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