Book Reviews

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age 10+
 
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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age 11+
 
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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age 12+
 
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
age 8+
 
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
age 10+
 
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
age 13+
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
age 9+
 
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
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age 10+
 
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
age 8+
 
A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya.
By Joelle Stolz
(2005)
age 13+
 
Engrossing read with strong 17th-century heroine.
By Katherine Sturtevant
(2006)
age 9+
 
Plucky orphan survives San Francisco's big quake.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2006)
age 12+
 
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
age 9+
 
White settlers force Indian family to leave land.
By Louise Erdrich
(2005)
age 9+
 
Learn how ancient cathedrals were built.
By David Macaulay
(1973)
age 6+
 
Engaging, if sometimes stiff, tale of a heroine.
By Karen B. Winnick
(2000)
age 9+
 
Fun story about quirky patriot's quest.
By Jean Fritz
(1974)
age 8+
 
Story takes kids back to the frontier days.
By Jean Fritz
(2001)
age 9+
 
Adventure and humor mix with history.
By Jean Fritz
(1973)
age 8+
 
Action-packed, fascinating intro to Greek myths.
By Ingri d'Aulaire
(1962)

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