Book Reviews

The Smell of Other People's Houses Book Poster Image
age 13+
Poignant coming-of-age tale about four 1970 Alaskan teens.
By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
(2016)
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Midnight Without a Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, must-read story of black teen in 1955 Mississippi.
By Linda Williams Jackson
(2017)
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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.
By Ridley Pearson
(2016)
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Full of Beans Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Plucky boy finds conscience, hope amid Great Depression.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2016)
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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Laughs, science in new Callie series for younger readers.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2016)
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The Secret Keepers Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slow-building, clever mystery with invisibility and traps.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2016)
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Ashes:  The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, hopeful end to Revolutionary War saga.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2016)
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The Thousandth Floor Book Poster Image
age 14+
Glamorous teens, drinking, drugs fuel compelling mystery.
By Katharine McGee
(2016)
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The Outliers Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Page-turner thriller is full of twists, violence.
By Kimberly McCreight
(2016)
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And I Darken Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Absorbing read imagines the early years of a female Dracula.
By Kiersten White
(2016)
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Spaced Out: Moon Base Alpha, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Science-packed mystery set on moon explores human nature.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2016)
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A Study in Charlotte Book Poster Image
age 14+
Drugs, rape, murder in tense, edgy Holmes-Watson update.
By Brittany Cavallaro
(2016)
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Shade Me Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Hard-edged Hollywood whodunit has sex, drugs, violence.
By Jennifer Brown
(2016)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2015)
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Calendar Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
First-graders solve suspenseful mysteries month by month.
By Ron Roy
(2009)
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Paper Wishes Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Sad, soulful story of grieving girl interned during WWII.
By Lois Sepahban
(2016)
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My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful, intense tale of slave life near end of Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
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Goosebumps Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2003)
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The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co., Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Another exciting, scary installment for ghost-story fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2015)
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"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Friends, villain clash on speeding train in gripping finale.
By Lemony Snicket
(2015)
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