Book Reviews

Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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The Scarlet Letter Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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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)
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Crow Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
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May B. Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
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Dodger Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Clever adventure depicts Victorian streets with sly humor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2012)
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The Dark Unwinding Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.
By Sharon Cameron
(2012)
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Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful, violent story of medieval love and tragedy.
By Robin LaFevers
(2013)
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In the Shadow of Blackbirds Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spine-tingling ghost story haunts long after reading.
By Cat Winters
(2013)
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The Extra Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel hits stride in weird, appealing Wild West tale.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2013)
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Going Over Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.
By Beth Kephart
(2014)
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A Horse Called Hero Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting, moving WWII tale a gem; not only for horse lovers.
By Sam Angus
(2014)
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West of the Moon Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Enslaved girl escapes master in riveting historical tale.
By Margi Preus
(2014)
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Magic in the Mix Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting time-travel sequel has big ideas, mild peril.
By Annie Barrows
(2014)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
age 9+
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
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Under a Painted Sky Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girls pose as boys in suspenseful, nontraditional Western.
By Stacey Lee
(2015)
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