Book Reviews

The Wanderer Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Award-winning tale takes risks with storytelling.
By Sharon Creech
(2005)
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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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Making Up Megaboy Book Poster Image
age 10+
A disturbing novel with no easy answers.
By Virginia Walter
(1998)
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After the First Death Book Poster Image
age 13+
Suspenseful plot has a psychological twist.
By Robert Cormier
(1979)
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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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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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Audrey, Wait! Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Good lesson on fame's price, but iffy content, too.
By Robin Benway
(2008)
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Perfect: Pretty Little Liars #3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
By Sara Shepard
(2007)
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Likely Story Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Light, soapy summer read about a teen soap writer.
By David Van Etten
(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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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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