Book Reviews

age 14+
 
NYC teens react to 9/11 tragedy in beautiful story of hope.
By David Levithan
(2009)
age 12+
 
Gripping, fascinating story of one soon-to-be-mad scientist.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2011)
age 13+
 
Collection highlights horrific stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2007)
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age 8+
 
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
age 10+
 
Deeply creepy, thought-provoking tale of weird school.
By Claire Legrand
(2012)
age 15+
 
Exciting, creepy horror adventure tweaks superheroics.
By John Hornor Jacobs
(2013)
age 15+
 
Affecting, darkly comic novel has heavy, mature themes.
By John Irving
(1989)
age 6+
 
Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left-out kid.
By Trudy Ludwig
(2013)
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age 10+
 
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
age 10+
 
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
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age 8+
 
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
age 14+
 
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
age 13+
 
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(1970)
age 4+
 
Teaches important lessons about faith, friendship.
By Virginia Lee Burton
(1939)
age 4+
 
Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(1970)
age 11+
 
Brilliant but complex novel for older kids.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(1996)
age 9+
 
This poignant novel is one of the best around.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2000)
age 9+
 
Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.
By Katherine Paterson
(1977)

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