Book Reviews

age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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age 12+
Exciting novel imagines the life of Cleopatra's daughter.
By Vicky Alvear Shecter
(2011)
age 12+
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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age 10+
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
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age 12+
Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
By Avi
(2011)
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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age 13+
Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
By Sarah Miller
(2011)
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age 10+
Historical fiction at its best in book on '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
age 10+
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
age 10+
Spunky heroine returns for less deep, more violent sequel.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2011)
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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age 14+
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
age 10+
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
By Margi Preus
(2010)
age 10+
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
age 10+
Every story has value in robust, nostalgic Newbery winner.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2010)
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
age 15+
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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age 12+
Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.
By Arthur Miller
(1976)

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