Book Reviews

age 10+
 
Seventh grader documents her struggles in clever scrapbook.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2007)
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age 9+
 
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
age 9+
 
Funny middle-school survival story for boys and hamsters.
By Donna Gephart
(2010)
age 4+
 
Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.
By Jane O'Connor
(2010)
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age 12+
 
Refreshing Clique series spinoff features smart girls.
By Lisi Harrison
(2009)
age 14+
 
Intense tale of school bullying, loss, and isolation.
By Catherine Ryan Hyde
(2009)
age 5+
 
Not much story, but kids will enjoy Amelia’s blunders.
By Herman Parish
(2009)
age 10+
 
Lavish handbook introduces Greek characters and myths.
By Clint Twist, Dugald A. Steer, Lady Hestia Evans
(2009)
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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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age 14+
 
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
age 8+
 
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
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age 15+
 
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)
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age 14+
 
Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(2008)
age 8+
 
Page-turner full of kind, thoughtful characters.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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age 3+
 
Even cats worry about the first day of school.
By Rob Scotton
(2008)
age 4+
 
Kids from A to Z get ready for first grade fun.
By Louise Borden
(2008)
age 4+
 
A great way to address kids' first-day jitters.
By Susan Milord
(2008)
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age 9+
 
Kids build a big tetrahedron, lasting friendships.
By Shelley Pearsall
(2006)
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age 10+
 
Lyrical and plotless -- for patient readers.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2007)
age 12+
 
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)

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