Book Reviews

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age 10+
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
age 14+
Enchanting stereotype-bending novel; teens only.
By K. L. Going
(2009)
age 9+
Moving, nontraditional farm story with heartland values.
By Michelle Houts
(2009)
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age 9+
AIDS orphan adjusts to the country life in Malawi.
By Jan Michael
(2009)
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age 14+
Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.
By Gayle Forman
(2009)
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age 8+
Fun, family-oriented series for young grade-schoolers.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2009)
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age 9+
Eccentric family still charms in Casson series finale.
By Hilary McKay
(2008)
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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 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)
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age 10+
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
age 7+
Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2007)
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age 14+
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
age 4+
Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.
By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2008)
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age 15+
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)
age 8+
A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.
By Nancy Viau
(2008)
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age 14+
Poignant story about a car accident's aftermath.
By Marthe Jocelyn
(2008)

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