Book Reviews

The Gold Dust Letters Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mystery and fantasy combine effectively.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(1994)
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Silent to the Bone Book Poster Image
age 12+
Absorbing mystery includes child abuse, sexual manipulation.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2000)
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After the First Death Book Poster Image
age 13+
Suspenseful plot has a psychological twist.
By Robert Cormier
(1979)
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Flight #116 Is Down! Book Poster Image
age 11+
Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1992)
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Madeline in London Book Poster Image
age 4+
Slow pace, but kids like the pageantry.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1961)
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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids will be eager to complete unfinished tales.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(1984)
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Whirligig Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
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The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Book Poster Image
age 9+
A tale that can make a grown-up giggle too.
By Bruce Hale
(2001)
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Stranger With My Face Book Poster Image
age 13+
OK read. Teens may love the supernatural elements.
By Lois Duncan
(1981)
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An Abundance of Katherines Book Poster Image
age 14+
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
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View from the Cherry Tree Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting but flawed murder mystery for tweens.
By Willo Davis Roberts
(1998)
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Things Hoped For Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Surrender Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
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Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
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Flush Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens fight polluting casino boat owner.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2005)
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Car Trouble Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
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Down the Rabbit Hole Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen puts herself in danger to solve crime.
By Peter Abrahams
(2005)
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Small Steps Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Holes sequel delves into edgier territory.
By Louis Sachar
(2006)
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Love, Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)
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Criss Cross Book Poster Image
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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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