Book Reviews

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age 11+
 
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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age 10+
 
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)
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age 14+
 
Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.
By Gayle Forman
(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 9+
 
Newbery honoree about life with an autistic sib.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
age 7+
 
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2006)
age 9+
 
A family flees a mean mother in this rich novel.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2006)
age 9+
 
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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age 9+
 
Multifacted tale hits the mark with wit, depth.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2005)
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age 9+
 
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
age 13+
 
A gripping, emotionally complex page-turner.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1991)
age 13+
 
Fans of the first book will devour this one.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1993)
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age 9+
 
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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age 11+
 
This gorgeously weird novel captivates readers.
By David Almond
(1998)
age 11+
 
Difficult life-death questions are meant for discussion.
By Barbara Park
(1995)
age 9+
 
A historical novel set in the Pacific Northwest.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(1999)