Book Reviews

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age 12+
 
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 10+
 
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
age 14+
 
Inauthentic story explores mental illness, Internet rumors.
By Janet Ruth Young
(2011)
age 9+
 
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 9+
 
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
 
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
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age 15+
 
Gritty retelling of Shakespeare tale for older teens.
By Mal Peet
(2009)
age 12+
 
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2011)
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age 16+
 
From suicide to bullying, every tough teen topic is present.
By Lauren Oliver
(2010)
age 14+
 
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(1989)
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age 15+
 
Wild night of parties, drug deals, and mature misadventures.
By Peter Lerangis
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Powerful, heartbreaking tale of young soldiers in Iraq.
By Patricia McCormick
(2009)
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age 17+
 
Good-girl-goes-bad tale packed with adult content.
By Amy Reed
(2009)
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age 17+
 
Violent, disturbing read meant for discussion with teens.
By Alice Sebold
(2002)
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age 14+
 
Very violent, stereotyped look at life in the 'hood.
By Todd Strasser
(2009)
age 14+
 
Gorgeously moving story about autistic teen.
By Francisco X. Stork
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Chilling book about girl-on-girl violence will leave mark.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Gritty, powerful tale of growing up -- teens only.
By K. L. Going
(2006)
age 15+
 
Witty, raunchy novel spiked with geeky humor.
By Larry Doyle
(2009)

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