Book Reviews

Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
Little Women Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 10+
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.
By Avi
(1990)
If I Stay Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 14+
Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.
By Gayle Forman
(2009)
Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 9+
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
Rules Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 9+
Newbery honoree about life with an autistic sib.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
The Book Thief Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 13+
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1995)
Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Poster Image
age 11+
A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
Number the Stars Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 9+
Brave girl helps smuggle Jewish friends to safety.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
Milkweed Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
The Face on the Milk Carton Book Poster Image
age 13+
A gripping, emotionally complex page-turner.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1991)
Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
Whatever Happened to Janie? Book Poster Image
age 13+
Fans of the first book will devour this one.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1993)
The Devil's Arithmetic Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense Holocaust story makes history real.
By Jane Yolen
(1988)
Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
csm_book
age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)

Pages