Book Reviews

Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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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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Heart of a Samurai Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
By Margi Preus
(2010)
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Turtle in Paradise Book Poster Image
age 10+
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
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Hattie Big Sky Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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Moon Over Manifest Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl finds meaning of home in nostalgic, robust tale.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2010)
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The Grapes of Wrath Book Poster Image
age 15+
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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The Crucible Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.
By Arthur Miller
(1976)
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Hawksmaid: the Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2010)
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A Stone in My Hand Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
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Bloodline Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Dark ages adventure a draw even for history-phobic teens.
By Katy Moran
(2009)
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Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: A Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fast-paced retelling makes this myth exciting for teens.
By Tony Lee
(2009)
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Woods Runner Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
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The Storm in the Barn Book Poster Image
age 10+
Engrossing historical graphic novel with a fantasy twist.
By Matt Phelan
(2009)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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A Faraway Island Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Moving story of Jewish sisters living as refugees in Sweden.
By Annika Thor
(2009)
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War Games Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Slow-starting but tense tale of occupied Greece.
By Audrey Couloumbis, Akila Couloumbis
(2009)
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The Day of the Pelican Book Poster Image
age 13+
Harrowing fictionalization of the war in Kosovo.
By Katherine Paterson
(2009)
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The Door of No Return Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lost African prince adventure/mystery with a unique premise.
By Sarah Mussi
(2008)
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Alligator Bayou Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, tragic tale of racism in Jim Crow South.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2009)
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