Book Reviews

AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Compelling tale of teen haunted by troubled sister's death.
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By Marcella Pixley
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Candid charmer a positive intro to self-esteem and race.
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By Taye Diggs
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Remarkable letters to a cyberbullied teen show the power of compassion.
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By Emily Buder, Olivia Gardner, Sarah Buder
(2008)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Affirming story of a little rat standing up to a bully.
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By Tracey Campbell Pearson
(2004)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
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By Brian Selznick
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
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By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
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By Avi
(2011)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
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By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
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By Sarah Miller
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Historical fiction at its best in book on '30s farmworkers.
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By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
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By Isabel Allende
(1985)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
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By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Spunky heroine returns for less deep, more violent sequel.
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By Jennifer L. Holm
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
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By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
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By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
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By Margi Preus
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
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By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
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By Kirby Larson
(2006)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Every story has value in robust, nostalgic Newbery winner.
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By Clare Vanderpool
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
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By John Steinbeck
(2002)

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