Book Reviews

Rodzina Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Milkweed Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
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Aleutian Sparrow Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
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The True Story of Christmas Book Poster Image
age 9+
The ultimate dysfunctional family Christmas.
By Anne Fine
(2003)
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The Perfect Thanksgiving Book Poster Image
age 4+
Thanksgiving isn't about having the "perfect" day.
By Eileen Spinelli
(2003)
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Chig and the Second Spread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
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The Shakespeare Stealer Book Poster Image
age 9+
A fresh look at Shakespeare for young readers.
By Gary Blackwood
(1998)
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Shakespeare's Spy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
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Before We Were Free Book Poster Image
age 13+
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
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Moon of Two Dark Horses Book Poster Image
age 9+
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
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Witness Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
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The Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch Book Poster Image
age 2+
Beloved rabbits return in comforting Halloween tale.
By Beatrix Potter
(2013)
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Rose Under Fire Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Emotional story of WWII teen pilot in concentration camp.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2013)
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The Extra Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Lively novel of London cholera epidemic through kid's eyes.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2013)
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Nickel Bay Nick Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tween boy must salvage Christmas in fun, moving adventure.
By Dean Pitchford
(2013)
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Little Santa Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Cute origin story shows how Santa met elves and reindeer.
By Jon Agee
(2013)
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