Book Reviews

Skellig Book Poster Image
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age 11+
This gorgeously weird novel captivates readers.
By David Almond
(1998)
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The Silent Boy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A period slice-of-life book.
By Lois Lowry
(2003)
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A Cool Moonlight Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Lyrical tale of girl who must avoid sunlight.
By Angela Johnson
(2003)
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The Crying Rocks Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Slow-paced book about tough issues has supernatural spark.
By Janet Taylor Lisle
(2003)
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Framed Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Eccentric and enchanting kid art caper.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2006)
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The Steps Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Spunky tween learns to accept her new, complicated family.
By Rachel Cohn
(2003)
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The Dream Bearer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Compelling novel of boy's 12th summer in Harlem.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
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Mama Had to Work on Christmas Book Poster Image
age 7+
Gently opens children's eyes to class differences.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2003)
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Inside Grandad Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Magical story about a boy and his grandfather.
By Peter Dickinson
(2004)
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Coraline Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Strange, surreal tale sure to creep kids out.
By Neil Gaiman
(2004)
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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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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror/action comedy has serious underpinnings.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2013)
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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 14+
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
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Constable & Toop Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Thrilling ghost adventure has great characters, plus gore.
By Gareth P. Jones
(2013)
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The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield Book Poster Image
age 10+
Dark, funny tale of mean boy trying to end his nine lives.
By John Bemelmans Marciano
(2013)
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The Heavens Rise Book Poster Image
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age 17+
Fantasy intertwining sex, violence, makes for mature fare.
By Christopher Rice
(2013)
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The Big Wet Balloon Book Poster Image
age 4+
Gentle cartoon vignettes tell cozy sister story.
By Liniers
(2013)
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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.
By Brenda Woods
(2014)
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No One Else Can Have You Book Poster Image
age 16+
Darkly funny, very violent high school murder mystery.
By Kathleen Hale
(2014)
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Seven Stories Up Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet time-travel story teaches kids about the Depression.
By Laurel Snyder
(2014)
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