Book Reviews

AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Impulsive Junie faces Career Day -- early readers.
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By Barbara Park
(2006)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults.
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By Dan Brown
(2006)
AGE
11
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Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.
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By Melissa de la Cruz
(2008)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
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By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Playful rhyming story for jittery new students.
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By Tony Johnston
(2007)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Good lesson on fame's price, but iffy content too.
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By Robin Benway
(2008)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
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By Jay Asher
(2007)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Lyrical and plotless -- for patient readers.
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By Jacqueline Woodson
(2007)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Light, soapy summer read about a teen soap writer.
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By David Van Etten
(2008)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
A great way to address kids' first-day jitters.
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By Susan Milord
(2008)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Even cats worry about the first day of school.
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By Rob Scotton
(2008)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Offbeat fun ideal for early chapter book readers.
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By Peggy Gifford
(2007)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.
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By Avi, Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Peck, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper
(2008)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Disturbing novel explores the aftermath of bullying.
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By Suzanne Phillips
(2008)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
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By Katie Finn
(2008)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
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By Lauren Child
(2008)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Teen star's struggle gives families lots to talk about.
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By Randi Reisfeld
(2008)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Southern Gossip Girl has slightly more depth.
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By Susan McBride
(2008)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
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By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Chick-lit fave gets a movie tie-in.
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By Sophie Kinsella
(2001)

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