Book Reviews

Spirit Week Showdown: Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Layered, fun romp focuses on friendship and trust.
By Crystal Allen
(2015)
Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
Extraordinary Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hopeful tale of girl's response to friend's brain damage.
By Miriam Spitzer Franklin
(2015)
Dory and the Real True Friend: Dory Fantasmagory, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Six-year-old imaginations run riot in appealing sequel.
By Abby Hanlon
(2015)
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)
Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
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)
Wish Girl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
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)
The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
age 10+
Excellent poems depict coming of age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
Outside the Box Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
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)
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)
Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea Book Poster Image
age 8+
Warm story of science-lover learning to be a good friend.
By Anna Humphrey
(2013)
Chasing Shadows Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Realistic teen tragedy blends well with fantasy graphics.
By Swati Avasthi
(2013)
EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer! Book Poster Image
age 7+
Kids stand up to bullies in warm family story.
By Sally Warner
(2013)
Elvis and the Underdogs Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lighthearted story of sickly kid helped by huge talking dog.
By Jenny Lee
(2013)
Burned Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense tale of teen breaking free from her abusive home.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2006)
Liar & Spy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Brave misfit tames fears in inspiring, surprising novel.
By Rebecca Stead
(2012)

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