Book Reviews

age 15+
 
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
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age 14+
 
Powerful but mature novel about child assassins.
By Matt Whyman
(2006)
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age 10+
 
Lyrical tale of small-town teens in a '60s summer.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Holes sequel delves into edgier territory.
By Louis Sachar
(2006)
age 14+
 
Teen survives abuse by mentally ill older sister.
By Norma Fox Mazer
(2000)
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age 11+
 
Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
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age 11+
 
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
age 13+
 
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
age 11+
 
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
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age 9+
 
Award-winning tale takes risks with storytelling.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
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age 14+
 
Powerful, violent tale about kids caught in a modern war.
By Meg Rosoff
(2005)
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age 10+
 
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
age 11+
 
Luther fights to survive his criminal mother.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
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)
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age 14+
 
Racism, mystery, murder, and politics ... at the mall.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 10+
 
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
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age 9+
 
A realistic look at the life of a burn victim.
By Priscilla Cummings
(2004)
age 13+
 
Suspenseful plot has a psychological twist.
By Robert Cormier
(1979)

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