Book Reviews

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age 7+
 
Lyrical historical fiction with a knockout punch.
By Michael Dorris
(1992)
age 11+
 
A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
age 11+
 
Great novel about the Revolution for older kids.
By James Lincoln Collier
(1974)
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age 10+
 
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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age 12+
 
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
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age 13+
 
Makes history exciting for teens.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1996)
age 11+
 
This historical tale is captivating and memorable.
By Irene Hunt
(1964)
age 9+
 
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
age 13+
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
age 10+
 
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
age 9+
 
A fresh look at Shakespeare for young readers.
By Gary Blackwood
(1998)
age 9+
 
Peck combines shivery horror with slapstick humor.
By Richard Peck
(1977)
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age 9+
 
Brave girl helps smuggle Jewish friends to safety.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
age 8+
 
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
age 13+
 
A preposterous but entertaining yarn.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1996)
age 9+
 
For those ready to learn the truth about Santa.
By Harold Myra
(1997)
age 6+
 
Enslaved girl's courage will engage older kids.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(1993)
age 15+
 
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
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age 11+
 
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)

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