Book Reviews

One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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The Dead-Tossed Waves: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Intense zombie horror-romance more violent than the first.
By Carrie Ryan
(2010)
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Heart of a Shepherd Book Poster Image
age 9+
Growing up in the heartland beautifully, movingly portrayed.
By Roseanne Parry
(2009)
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Crow Call Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Tender father-daughter tale is best for school-aged kids.
By Lois Lowry
(2009)
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Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
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Monstrumologist Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gruesomely good gothic horror too violent for younger teens.
By Rick Yancey
(2009)
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Bram Stoker's Dracula Book Poster Image
age 13+
Classic vampire tale is sexier and darker than you remember.
By Bram Stoker
(1969)
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The Everafter Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Mystery, not misery, at heart of this dead teen narrative.
By Amy Huntley
(2009)
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Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Series Book Poster Image
age 11+
Vampire horror series may hook reluctant readers.
By Darren Shan
(2004)
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Wild Girl Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Horse tale with more depth and a strong girl lead.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2009)
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Half-Minute Horrors Book Poster Image
age 10+
Clever, scary collection with big-name authors.
By Susan Rich, Holly Black, Libba Bray, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Pseudonymous Bosch
(2009)
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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening Book Poster Image
age 15+
Sexually violent book is nothing like the TV show.
By L. J. Smith
(2009)
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Shiver Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Does for werewolves what Twilight did for vampires.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2009)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
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King of the Screwups Book Poster Image
age 14+
Enchanting stereotype-bending novel; teens only.
By K. L. Going
(2009)
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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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