Book Reviews

Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
City of Orphans Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
By Avi
(2011)
The Scarlet Letter Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping, fascinating story of one soon-to-be-mad scientist.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2011)
The Lost Crown Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
By Sarah Miller
(2011)
Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Historical fiction at its best in book on '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Book Poster Image
age 13+
Collection highlights horrific stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2007)
Imaginary Girls Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, disturbing psychological thriller for mature teens.
By Nova Ren Suma
(2011)
The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
The Dark and Hollow Places: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Mature romance and violence during zombie apocalypse.
By Carrie Ryan
(2011)
Small Acts of Amazing Courage Book Poster Image
age 10+
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
Department 19 Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Suspenseful vampire horror really goes for the gore.
By Will Hill
(2011)
The Trouble with May Amelia Book Poster Image
age 10+
Spunky heroine returns for less deep, more violent sequel.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2011)
Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
The Good Earth Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
Heart of a Samurai Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
By Margi Preus
(2010)
Turtle in Paradise Book Poster Image
age 10+
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
Moon Over Manifest Book Poster Image
age 10+
Every story has value in robust, nostalgic Newbery winner.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2010)
Hattie Big Sky Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)

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