Book Reviews

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

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