Book Reviews

age 12+
 
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
age 10+
 
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
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age 10+
 
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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age 12+
 
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
age 10+
 
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
age 9+
 
Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.
By Avi
(1990)
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age 15+
 
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
age 8+
 
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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age 14+
 
Young teens may find powerful Inquisition book too violent.
By Alice Hoffman
(2006)
age 12+
 
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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age 13+
 
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
age 9+
 
Interesting story of historic slave auction.
By Julius Lester
(2006)
age 9+
 
Start of an exciting medieval adventures series.
By Avi
(2005)
age 9+
 
A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1995)
age 11+
 
A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
age 11+
 
Great novel about the Revolution for older kids.
By James Lincoln Collier
(1974)
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age 12+
 
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
age 13+
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
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age 9+
 
Brave girl helps smuggle Jewish friends to safety.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)

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