Book Reviews

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age 14+
 
Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.
By Gayle Forman
(2009)
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age 4+
 
Inspirational story of a woman determined to save buffalo.
By Tracy Fern
(2008)
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age 9+
 
Fun, family-oriented series for middle schoolers.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2009)
age 10+
 
Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2009)
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age 9+
 
Eccentric family still charms in Casson series finale.
By Hilary McKay
(2008)
age 11+
 
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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age 12+
 
Cultural peek into 1970s India through a girl's eyes.
By Mitali Perkins
(2009)
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age 11+
 
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)
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age 9+
 
Poignant and funny family tale for tweens.
By Yeardley Smith
(2009)
age 11+
 
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
age 9+
 
Moving portrait of a neglected child.
By Leslie Connor
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
By Matt de la Pena
(2008)
age 11+
 
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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age 13+
 
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
age 7+
 
Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
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age 7+
 
Lightweight story with great illustrations.
By Brian Selznick
(1991)
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age 11+
 
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
age 4+
 
Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.
By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2008)

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