Book Reviews

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age 16+
 
From suicide to bullying, every tough teen topic is present.
By Lauren Oliver
(2010)
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age 17+
 
Good-girl-goes-bad tale packed with adult content.
By Amy Reed
(2009)
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age 17+
 
Violent, disturbing read meant for discussion with teens.
By Alice Sebold
(2002)
age 10+
 
Exciting vampire tale sucks in reluctant readers.
By Heather Brewer
(2007)
age 14+
 
Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.
By Jay Asher
(2007)
age 14+
 
Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
By Sara Shepard
(2007)
age 14+
 
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
age 9+
 
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
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age 15+
 
Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.
By Coe Booth
(2006)
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age 11+
 
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
age 15+
 
Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults.
By Dan Brown
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Teen angst and serious issues; best for mature teens.
By Sarah Dessen
(2006)
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age 10+
 
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2006)
age 15+
 
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
age 13+
 
Teen uses humor and fantasy to cope with abuse.
By David Klass
(2005)
age 11+
 
Gripping tale handles abuse with a delicate hand.
By Susan Shaw
(2005)
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age 14+
 
Powerful, violent tale about kids caught in a modern war.
By Meg Rosoff
(2005)
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age 14+
 
Edgy, sardonic book is OK for mature readers.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
age 11+
 
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
age 13+
 
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)

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