Book Reviews

The Boy from the Basement Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
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You Don't Know Me Book Poster Image
age 13+
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
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Homecoming Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic novel of four brave children looking for a home.
By Cynthia Voigt
(1981)
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The Higher Power of Lucky Book Poster Image
age 9+
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
age 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)
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The Sledding Hill Book Poster Image
age 12+
Ghost boy tells the story of a book-banning.
By Chris Crutcher
(2005)
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Bullyville Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Boy loses dad in 9/11, then faces school bullies.
By Francine Prose
(2007)
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Making Up Megaboy Book Poster Image
age 10+
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
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The Landry News Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Rich with understanding of students and teachers.
By Andrew Clements
(1999)
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Chrysanthemum Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Cute story about the perils of an unusual name.
By Kevin Henkes
(1999)
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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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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl Book Poster Image
age 14+
Comic book geek learns to deal with high school.
By Barry Lyga
(2006)
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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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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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Boy Kills Man Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Powerful but mature novel about child assassins.
By Matt Whyman
(2006)
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Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth: Junie B. Jones, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 5+
Impulsive Junie faces Career Day -- early readers.
By Barbara Park
(2006)
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The Da Vinci Code Book Poster Image
age 15+
Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults.
By Dan Brown
(2006)
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The Ashleys #1: There's a New Name in School Book Poster Image
age 11+
Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2008)
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Street Love Book Poster Image
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age 12+
A hip-hop, Romeo & Juliet-inspired love story.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2006)
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Thirteen Reasons Why Book Poster Image
age 14+
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
By Jay Asher
(2007)
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