Book Reviews

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age 16+
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2003)
age 8+
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
age 10+
Moving story of grieving American teen in African village.
By Shana Burg
(2012)
age 10+
Girl stands up for gay mom in slight but thoughtful story.
By Jennifer Gennari
(2012)
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age 15+
OK series debut highlights the falseness of reality TV.
By Lauren Conrad
(2012)
age 10+
Funny mayhem at creative family's unusual summer camp.
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(2012)
age 14+
Teen's emotional journey through loss, addiction, recovery.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2012)
age 13+
Intimate, intense tale of soldier healing from brain injury.
By Harry Mazer, Peter Lerangis
(2012)
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age 14+
Violent but riveting story of Haiti's past and present.
By Nick Lake
(2012)
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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 10+
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2010)
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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)
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age 16+
From suicide to bullying, every tough teen topic is present.
By Lauren Oliver
(2010)

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