Book Reviews

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age 16+
Chick lit with a dose of feminism.
By Abby McDonald
(2009)
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Return to Sender Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Intense story about illegal immigration and friendship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2009)
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Dark Dude Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Misfit escapes inner city. Moving identity story for teens.
By Oscar Hijuelos
(2008)
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Confessions of a Shopaholic Book Poster Image
age 15+
Chick-lit fave gets a movie tie-in.
By Sophie Kinsella
(2001)
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Sunrise Over Fallujah Book Poster Image
age 13+
Realistic, nonpolitical view of the war in Iraq.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2008)
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Talia Talk Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
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Rehab Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Teen star's struggle gives families lots to talk about.
By Randi Reisfeld
(2008)
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The Debs Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Southern Gossip Girl has slightly more depth.
By Susan McBride
(2008)
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Top 8 Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
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Larry and the Meaning of Life Book Poster Image
age 14+
Third installment of series with wild plot twists and turns.
By Janet Tashjian
(2008)
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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Book Poster Image
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
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The Spectacular Now Book Poster Image
age 15+
Teen drunk's tragic story best for mature readers.
By Tim Tharp
(2008)
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Burn Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Disturbing novel explores the aftermath of bullying.
By Suzanne Phillips
(2008)
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Skim Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)
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Identical Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Thick free-verse bestseller takes graphic look at incest.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2008)
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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little Book Poster Image
age 7+
Offbeat fun ideal for early chapter book readers.
By Peggy Gifford
(2007)
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Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
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Almost Alice Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(2008)
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Room One: A Mystery or Two Book Poster Image
age 8+
Page-turner full of kind, thoughtful characters.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Splat the Cat Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Even cats worry about the first day of school.
By Rob Scotton
(2008)
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