Book Reviews

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Book Poster Image
age 6+
Document inspires vivid, moving portraits of slaves' lives.
By Ashley Bryan
(2016)
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The Underground Railroad Book Poster Image
age 15+
Riveting, thought-provoking, brutal runaway slave story.
By Colson Whitehead
(2016)
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And I Darken Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Absorbing read imagines the early years of a female Dracula.
By Kiersten White
(2016)
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain Book Poster Image
age 13+
Chilling story of a boy coming of age in Hitler's house.
By John Boyne
(2016)
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Tru & Nelle Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Charming tale of writers' childhood friendship inspires.
By G. Neri
(2016)
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The Gallery Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Engaging 1929 mystery for tween historical fiction fans.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2016)
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The Things They Carried Book Poster Image
age 15+
Vet's stunning, devastating Vietnam War stories: a classic.
By Tim O'Brien
(1990)
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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Book Poster Image
age 10+
Thought-provoking story of four kids affected by 9/11.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2016)
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Girl in the Blue Coat Book Poster Image
age 13+
Extraordinary tale of Dutch teens resisting the Nazis.
By Monica Hesse
(2016)
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Outrun the Moon Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Chinese-American girl fights bias in compelling 1906 tale.
By Stacey Lee
(2016)
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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Poster Image
age 10+
Relatable story of Iranian girl in U.S. who wants to fit in.
By Firoozeh Dumas
(2016)
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Royal Wedding Disaster: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun return to fluffy, popular princess series.
By Meg Cabot
(2016)
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Weekends with Max and His Dad Book Poster Image
age 6+
Playful, realistic tale of adjusting to life after divorce.
By Linda Urban
(2016)
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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Book Poster Image
age 9+
Warm, moving story of remarkable boy who calls prison home.
By Leslie Connor
(2016)
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Burn Baby Burn Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Riveting coming-of-age tale set in dangerous summer of '77.
By Meg Medina
(2016)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2015)
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Anna and the Swallow Man Book Poster Image
age 14+
Exquisite tale of Polish girl in WWII shows horrors of war.
By Gavriel Savit
(2016)
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Unbecoming Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Family secrets, mature themes in thoughtful drama.
By Jenny Downham
(2016)
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X: A Novel Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Thrilling and tragic novel about Malcolm X's troubled youth.
By Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
(2016)
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Front Lines: Front Lines, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Inventive, intense war story best for more mature teens.
By Michael Grant
(2016)
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