Book Reviews

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)
The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
Blubber Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
Small Acts of Amazing Courage Book Poster Image
age 10+
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(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)
The Grapes of Wrath Book Poster Image
age 15+
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
The Crucible Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.
By Arthur Miller
(1976)
Hawksmaid: the Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2010)
How to Survive Middle School Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny middle-school survival story for boys and hamsters.
By Donna Gephart
(2010)
A Stone in My Hand Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
Bloodline Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Dark ages adventure a draw even for history-phobic teens.
By Katy Moran
(2009)
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: A Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fast-paced retelling makes this myth exciting for teens.
By Tony Lee
(2009)
Woods Runner Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! Book Poster Image
age 4+
Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.
By Jane O'Connor
(2010)

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