Book Reviews

Rodzina Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.
By Karen Cushman
(2003)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Milkweed Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
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Aleutian Sparrow Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.
By Karen Hesse
(2003)
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Chig and the Second Spread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
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The Shakespeare Stealer Book Poster Image
age 9+
A fresh look at Shakespeare for young readers.
By Gary Blackwood
(1998)
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Shakespeare's Spy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Shakespearean adventure is accessible for tweens.
By Gary Blackwood
(2004)
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Before We Were Free Book Poster Image
age 13+
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
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Moon of Two Dark Horses Book Poster Image
age 9+
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
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Witness Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Confusing yet compelling tale of racism.
By Karen Hesse
(2004)
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The Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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The Shadows of Ghadames Book Poster Image
age 8+
A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya.
By Joelle Stolz
(2005)
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A True and Faithful Narrative Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engrossing read with strong 17th-century heroine.
By Katherine Sturtevant
(2006)
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Into the Firestorm: A Novel of San Francisco, 1906 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Plucky orphan survives San Francisco's big quake.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2006)
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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
A preacher's son stands up to a racist town.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2005)
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The Pox Party: Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Slavery-themed award-winner is a challenging teen read.
By M.T. Anderson
(2006)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Braid Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Immigrant story with a fascinating knotted twist.
By Helen Frost
(2006)
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