Book Reviews

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Book Poster Image
age 10+
Seventh grader documents her struggles in clever scrapbook.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2007)
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Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Book Poster Image
age 8+
Big dose of sibling rivalry in very funny 2nd book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2008)
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The Ugly Guide to the Uglyverse Book Poster Image
age 6+
Offbeat world engages the most reluctant readers.
By David Horvath
(2008)
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Oggie Cooder #1 Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Reluctant readers have a quirky new friend.
By Sarah Weeks
(2008)
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The Willoughbys Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Dark humor may not be to everyone's taste.
By Lois Lowry
(2008)
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Attack of the Growling Eyeballs: Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Boy humor should appeal to reluctant readers.
By Lin Oliver
(2008)
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Happy School Year! Book Poster Image
age 4+
A great way to address kids' first-day jitters.
By Susan Milord
(2008)
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Splat the Cat Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Even cats worry about the first day of school.
By Rob Scotton
(2008)
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Off to First Grade Book Poster Image
age 4+
Kids from A to Z get ready for first grade fun.
By Louise Borden
(2008)
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Ghostgirl Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Darkly funny book is full of Goth-chic style.
By Tonya Hurley
(2008)
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Room One: A Mystery or Two Book Poster Image
age 8+
Page-turner full of kind, thoughtful characters.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Almost Alice Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(2008)
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Pippi Longstocking Book Poster Image
age 7+
Lively translation aptly modernizes a classic.
By Astrid Lindgren
(1969)
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Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger Book Poster Image
age 8+
Great fun, and not nearly as crude as the title.
By Kevin Bolger
(2008)
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Skim Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)
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Top 8 Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
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Science Fair Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Both hilarious and fast-paced -- a great vacation read.
By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
(2008)
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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Book Poster Image
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
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Talia Talk Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
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