Book Reviews

AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Eccentric family still charms in Casson series finale.
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By Hilary McKay
(2008)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
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By Chris Bradford
(2009)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps.
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By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
AGE
12
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Cultural peek into 1970s India through a girl's eyes.
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By Mitali Perkins
(2009)
AGE
15
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Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
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By Julius Lester
(2008)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Poignant and funny family tale for tweens.
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By Yeardley Smith
(2009)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
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By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Moving portrait of a neglected child.
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By Leslie Connor
(2008)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
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By Matt de la Pena
(2008)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
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By Margarita Engle
(2008)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
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By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.
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By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Lightweight story with great illustrations.
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By Brian Selznick
(1991)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
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By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
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By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.
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By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2008)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Exciting but darkly cynical view of Arthur legend.
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By Philip Reeve
(2008)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.
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By Nancy Viau
(2008)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Poignant story about a car accident's aftermath.
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By Marthe Jocelyn
(2008)
Ivy
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Dickens-style tale with addiction and thievery.
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By Julie Hearn
(2008)

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