Book Reviews

Johnny Tremain Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
By Esther Forbes
(1943)
Before We Were Free Book Poster Image
age 13+
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
The Arrival Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
A Stone in My Hand Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
Small Acts of Amazing Courage Book Poster Image
age 10+
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
Crow Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
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)
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.
By Avi
(2012)
Dodger Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Clever adventure depicts Victorian streets with sly humor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2012)
The Dark Unwinding Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.
By Sharon Cameron
(2012)
Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
First in fun series is like a Downton Abbey for teens.
By Leila Rasheed
(2013)
Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful, violent story of medieval love and tragedy.
By Robin LaFevers
(2013)
Starstruck Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Fun mix of teen actresses, mystery in Golden Age Hollywood.
By Rachel Shukert
(2013)

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