Book Reviews

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age 15+
Gritty retelling of Shakespeare tale for older teens.
By Mal Peet
(2009)
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age 11+
Brutal yet educational depiction of slavery and wartime.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2010)
age 9+
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 14+
Inauthentic story explores mental illness, Internet rumors.
By Janet Ruth Young
(2011)
age 10+
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
age 9+
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 9+
Girl's vivid imagination, kindness enrich all-time classic.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(1998)
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age 12+
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
age 17+
Kesey's great madhouse epic best for older teens.
By Ken Kesey
(2002)
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age 14+
American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(1925)
age 16+
Tense journey to find ivory trader gone rogue in Congo.
By Joseph Conrad
(1901)
age 14+
Classic story of love and revenge still captivates.
By Emily Bronte
(2005)
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age 13+
Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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age 10+
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2010)
age 14+
Masterpiece of romance and manners entertains at any age.
By Jane Austen
(1813)
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age 12+
Haunting tale of a boy coming to terms with mother's cancer.
By Patrick Ness
(2011)
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age 13+
Classic satirical allegory about the abuse of power.
By George Orwell
(1945)
age 14+
Hemingway's masterpiece salutes Spain and Lost Generation.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2006)

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