Book Reviews

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age 5+
 
Celebrates a girl's relationship with her dad and stepdad.
By Kelly Bennett
(2010)
age 8+
 
A gentle, honest look at healing after a parent's death.
By Amy Hest
(2007)
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age 11+
 
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
age 9+
 
Growing up in the heartland beautifully, movingly portrayed.
By Roseanne Parry
(2009)
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age 7+
 
Tender father-daughter tale is best for school-aged kids.
By Lois Lowry
(2009)
age 10+
 
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Mystery, not misery, at heart of this dead teen narrative.
By Amy Huntley
(2009)
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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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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Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.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 9+
 
Fun, family-oriented series for middle 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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