Book Reviews

Holding Up the Universe Book Poster Image
age 14+
Insightful, inspiring romance full of surprises.
By Jennifer Niven
(2016)
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Moo Book Poster Image
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Moo
age 8+
City kids meet cow in fun tale of empathy, perseverance.
By Sharon Creech
(2016)
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Lily and Dunkin Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Sensitive story of misfits striving to be their real selves.
By Donna Gephart
(2016)
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The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions Book Poster Image
age 7+
Sweet, wacky series start has strong values, scary moments.
By Tracey Hecht
(2016)
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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Book Poster Image
age 10+
Heart-stopping true story of students who resisted Nazis.
By Russell Freedman
(2016)
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Salt to the Sea Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Heartbreaking WWII novel shows power of hope, connection.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2016)
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The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial Book Poster Image
age 6+
Inspiring, educational story of 1800s civil rights heroes.
By Susan E. Goodman
(2016)
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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2015)
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Firefly Hollow Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet, poignant tale of loss, friendship, following dreams.
By Alison McGhee
(2015)
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling true story of teenagers who stood up to the Nazis.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2015)
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Big Nate Lives It Up: Big Nate, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
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28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World Book Poster Image
age 6+
Uneven writing in kid-friendly intro to black history.
By Charles R. Smith Jr.
(2015)
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March: Book Two Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confrontations intensify in riveting civil rights memoir.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2015)
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The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America Book Poster Image
age 8+
History this lively should be required reading in school.
By Jonah Winter
(2015)
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Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece) Book Poster Image
age 8+
A heartfelt intro to King's peaceful protest movement.
By Angela Farris Watkins
(2014)
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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
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A Short Tale About a Long Dog: Here's Hank, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Likable hero shows he's responsible enough to have a pet.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.
By Maira Kalman
(2014)
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The Invisible Boy Book Poster Image
age 6+
Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left-out kid.
By Trudy Ludwig
(2013)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
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