Book Reviews

age 4+
 
Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.
By Jane O'Connor
(2010)
age 10+
 
Engrossing historical graphic novel with a fantasy twist.
By Matt Phelan
(2009)
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age 12+
 
Refreshing Clique series spinoff features smart girls.
By Lisi Harrison
(2009)
age 10+
 
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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age 9+
 
Moving story of Jewish sisters living as refugees in Sweden.
By Annika Thor
(2009)
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age 9+
 
Slow-starting but tense tale of occupied Greece.
By Akila Couloumbis, Audrey Couloumbis
(2009)
age 13+
 
Harrowing fictionalization of the war in Kosovo.
By Katherine Paterson
(2009)
age 14+
 
Intense tale of school bullying, loss, and isolation.
By Catherine Ryan Hyde
(2009)
age 5+
 
Not much story, but kids will enjoy Amelia’s blunders.
By Herman Parish
(2009)
age 12+
 
Lost African prince adventure/mystery with a unique premise.
By Sarah Mussi
(2008)
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age 12+
 
Moving, tragic tale of racism in Jim Crow South.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2009)
age 9+
 
Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.
By Avi
(1990)
age 4+
 
An introduction to Abe Lincoln in his own words.
By Sarah Thomson
(2008)
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age 12+
 
Unique African-American woman's WWII experience.
By Tanita Davis
(2009)
age 12+
 
Intense, dramatic story of an interracial friendship tested.
By Carolyn Marsden, Philip Matzigkeit
(2009)
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age 4+
 
Inspirational story of a woman determined to save buffalo.
By Tracy Fern
(2008)
age 10+
 
Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2009)
age 11+
 
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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age 11+
 
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)

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