Book Reviews

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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Forever Rose Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Eccentric family still charms in Casson series finale.
By Hilary McKay
(2008)
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A Finder's Magic Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Magical mystery about a boy, his dog, and an odd little man.
By Philippa Pearce
(2009)
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Secret Keeper Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Cultural peek into 1970s India through a girl's eyes.
By Mitali Perkins
(2009)
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Auntie Tiger Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Chinese Red Riding Hood story intended for older kids.
By Laurence Yep
(2008)
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I, Lorelei Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant and funny family tale for tweens.
By Yeardley Smith
(2009)
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Ways to Live Forever Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
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Waiting for Normal Book Poster Image
age 9+
Moving portrait of a neglected child.
By Leslie Connor
(2008)
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Mexican Whiteboy Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
By Matt de la Pena
(2008)
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Piper Reed: Navy Brat Book Poster Image
age 7+
Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
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Big Words for Little People Book Poster Image
age 4+
Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.
By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2008)
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Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head Book Poster Image
age 8+
A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.
By Nancy Viau
(2008)
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Would You Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Poignant story about a car accident's aftermath.
By Marthe Jocelyn
(2008)
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The 13 Clocks Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Classic reprint full of wordplay and silly humor.
By James Thurber
(1950)
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Mail Harry to the Moon! Book Poster Image
age 4+
Humorous take on a big sibling's jealous feelings.
By Robie H. Harris
(2008)
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Let's Eat!/A Comer! Book Poster Image
age 3+
English/Spanish call to the family dinner table.
By Pat Mora
(2008)
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Carmine: A Little More Red Book Poster Image
age 4+
Busy retelling of Red Riding Hood is a winner.
By Melissa Sweet
(2005)
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