Book Reviews

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age 15+
Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)
age 11+
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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age 13+
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
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age 7+
Lightweight story with great illustrations.
By Brian Selznick
(1991)
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age 11+
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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age 15+
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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age 12+
Exciting but darkly cynical view of Arthur legend.
By Philip Reeve
(2008)
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Ivy
age 14+
Dickens-style tale with addiction and thievery.
By Julie Hearn
(2008)
age 9+
Delightfully warmhearted Arthurian tales.
By Gerald Morris
(1998)
age 8+
Kit meets economic adversity with courage, spunk.
By Valerie Tripp
(2000)
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age 9+
A child's view of '50s Dodgers and the Korean war.
By Linda Sue Park
(2008)
age 10+
Evolution case in brief poems about the locals.
By Jen Bryant
(2008)
age 10+
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
age 5+
Heart-wrenching but hopeful story of escape.
By Ellen Levine
(2008)
age 9+
Funny, poignant life on home front during WWII.
By Richard Peck
(2007)
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
age 9+
Historical, intriguing mystery-adventure-romance.
By Gloria Whelan
(2007)
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age 9+
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
age 8+
Plucky '70s American Girl fights for her rights.
By Megan McDonald
(2007)
age 9+
Plucky orphan survives San Francisco's big quake.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2006)

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