Book Reviews

Shakespeare's Spy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
Ghosts I Have Been Book Poster Image
age 9+
Peck combines shivery horror with slapstick humor.
By Richard Peck
(1977)
Number the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brave girl helps smuggle Jewish friends to safety.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
Chig and the Second Spread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
Aleutian Sparrow Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
Out of Time (1996) Book Poster Image
age 13+
A preposterous but entertaining yarn.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1996)
Santa, Are You for Real? Book Poster Image
age 9+
For those ready to learn the truth about Santa.
By Harold Myra
(1997)
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt Book Poster Image
age 6+
Enslaved girl's courage will engage older kids.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(1993)
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)
Milkweed Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
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age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
Beyond the Burning Time Book Poster Image
age 13+
Fascinating, graphic look at Salem witch trials.
By Kathryn Lasky
(1994)
The Devil's Arithmetic Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense Holocaust story makes history real.
By Jane Yolen
(1988)
The Secret of Sarah Revere Book Poster Image
age 13+
Decent historical fiction for fans.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1995)
Early Thunder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Brush with danger changes a boy's life forever.
By Jean Fritz
(2000)
The Cabin Faced West Book Poster Image
age 8+
Story takes kids back to the frontier days.
By Jean Fritz
(2001)
The Blue Door Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Potboiler plot, but some good history.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1996)
A Stitch in Time Book Poster Image
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age 13+
A compelling story about sisters in 1700s Salem.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1994)
Prisoner of Time Book Poster Image
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age 13+
An interesting picture of 19th-century society.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1998)

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