Book Reviews

The Higher Power of Lucky Book Poster Image
age 9+
Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.
By Susan Patron
(2006)
The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
age 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)
Making Up Megaboy Book Poster Image
age 10+
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
Wringer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
I Am the Cheese Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Story of memory, danger, suspense, and trauma.
By Robert Cormier
(1977)
After the First Death Book Poster Image
age 13+
Suspenseful plot has a psychological twist.
By Robert Cormier
(1979)
Flight #116 Is Down! Book Poster Image
age 11+
Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1992)
Whirligig Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
An Abundance of Katherines Book Poster Image
age 14+
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
Things Hoped For Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
Surrender Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
Flush Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teens fight polluting casino boat owner.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2005)
Car Trouble Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Duff finds trouble while driving cross country.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2005)
Small Steps Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Holes sequel delves into edgier territory.
By Louis Sachar
(2006)
Love, Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2007)
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)
Boy Kills Man Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Powerful but mature novel about child assassins.
By Matt Whyman
(2006)
I Am the Messenger Book Poster Image
age 15+
Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)

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