Book Reviews

One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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Instructions Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Slightly quirky life lessons for the older picture book set.
By Neil Gaiman
(2010)
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Sylvia Long's Thumbelina Book Poster Image
age 5+
Exquisite watercolors bring magic to this classic story.
By Sylvia Long
(2010)
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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales Book Poster Image
age 4+
Fun, lauded read stays true to classics, axed wolf and all.
By Lucy Cousins
(2009)
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Beastly Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Contemporary Beauty-Beast tale curses shallow rich kid.
By Alex Flinn
(2007)
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Heart of a Shepherd Book Poster Image
age 9+
Growing up in the heartland beautifully, movingly portrayed.
By Roseanne Parry
(2009)
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Crow Call Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Tender father-daughter tale is best for school-aged kids.
By Lois Lowry
(2009)
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Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
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The Everafter Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Mystery, not misery, at heart of this dead teen narrative.
By Amy Huntley
(2009)
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Lips Touch Three Times Book Poster Image
age 15+
Wildly inventive, wonderful fairy tales for mature teens.
By Laini Taylor
(2009)
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Wild Girl Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Horse tale with more depth and a strong girl lead.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2009)
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The Fairy Godmother Academy #1: Birdie's Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Delightful, exciting adventure for girls who love fantasy.
By Jan Bozarth, Andrea Burden
(2009)
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Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated Book Poster Image
age 4+
Warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated flight of fancy.
By Florence Parry Heide, Lane Smith
(2009)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
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Tiger Moon Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue in colonial India.
By Antonia Michaelis
(2008)
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King of the Screwups Book Poster Image
age 14+
Enchanting stereotype-bending novel; teens only.
By K. L. Going
(2009)
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The Beef Princess of Practical County Book Poster Image
age 9+
Moving, nontraditional farm story with heartland values.
By Michelle Houts
(2009)
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City Boy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
AIDS orphan adjusts to the country life in Malawi.
By Jan Michael
(2009)
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If I Stay Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.
By Gayle Forman
(2009)
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Sassy Series Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun, family-oriented series for young grade-schoolers.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2009)
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