Book Reviews

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Book Poster Image
age 10+
Seventh grader documents her struggles in clever scrapbook.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2007)
Blubber Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
How to Survive Middle School Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny middle-school survival story for boys and hamsters.
By Donna Gephart
(2010)
Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo Book Poster Image
age 4+
A humorous lesson in the power of positive thinking.
By Kevin Waldron
(2010)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Book Poster Image
age 3+
Cool cat shows how to go with the flow.
By Eric Litwin
(2010)
The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story Book Poster Image
age 4+
Dueling tantrums lead to a truce -- and lessons.
By Ellen Weiss
(2010)
Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! Book Poster Image
age 4+
Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.
By Jane O'Connor
(2010)
Pink Me Up Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Dad's a really good sport in this fun father-daughter tale.
By Charise Mericle Harper
(2010)
Alphas Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Refreshing Clique series spinoff features smart girls.
By Lisi Harrison
(2009)
Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva Book Poster Image
age 5+
Starry-eyed girl copes with disappointment in sparkly tale.
By Elise Primavera
(2009)
Dark Night Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Darkly comic, empowering take on tackling nighttime fears.
By Dorothee de Monfreid
(2009)
Diary of a Witness Book Poster Image
age 14+
Intense tale of school bullying, loss, and isolation.
By Catherine Ryan Hyde
(2009)
Tess's Tree Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Sweet story of grief and healing is pitch perfect.
By Jess Brallier
(2009)
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School Book Poster Image
age 5+
Not much story, but kids will enjoy Amelia’s blunders.
By Herman Parish
(2009)
Anything But Typical Book Poster Image
age 10+
Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2009)
Talia Talk Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
Serafina67 *urgently requires life* Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen reveals all in blog -- with consequences.
By Susie Day
(2008)
Top 8 Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Book Poster Image
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
Skim Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)

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