Book Reviews

Dork Diaries 9: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen Book Poster Image
age 9+
Installment in popular series is long on drama, stereotypes.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2015)
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Shutter Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Scary horror thriller offers a fresh take on old monsters.
By Courtney Alameda
(2015)
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Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
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The Rat with the Human Face:  The Qwikpick Papers, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Second fun adventure is creepier, less gross.
By Tom Angleberger
(2015)
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The Imaginary Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
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Friendship Over: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
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Wish Girl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
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Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It.) Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.
By Tommy Greenwald
(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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Jason Strange:  The Graveyard Plot Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spine-tingling fun for young horror fans.
By Jason Strange
(2012)
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Nightmares!: Nightmares, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Empowering, sweet story about the fears that haunt us.
By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
(2014)
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Sanctum Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Creepy, violent Asylum sequel has some gore.
By Madeleine Roux
(2014)
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The Girl from the Well Book Poster Image
age 14+
Creepy, gory horror story based on Japanese folktale.
By Rin Chupeco
(2014)
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Carrie Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Tale of telekinetic teen still packs a punch.
By Stephen King
(1974)
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Marina Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gothic tale set in Barcelona raises goosebumps.
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(2014)
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Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service Book Poster Image
age 8+
Frail boy and huge talking dog reunite in D.C. adventure.
By Jenny Lee
(2014)
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Absolutely Almost Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
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The Night Gardener Book Poster Image
age 10+
Deliciously macabre, well-spun tale for fans of horror.
By Jonathan Auxier
(2014)
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Poop Fountain! The Qwikpick Papers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny middle schoolers' adventure brims with potty talk.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
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Welcome to Dog Beach Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tween girls learn to accept change in light summer read.
By Lisa Greenwald
(2014)
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