Book Reviews

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Book Poster Image
age 4+
Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.
By Judi Barrett
(1978)
Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
age 7+
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2006)
Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
The City of Ember Book Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl Book Poster Image
age 8+
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Book Poster Image
age 8+
Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2014)
The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Greg hilariously searches for dance date in 7th book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2012)
Little House in the Big Woods Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
Wonder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)

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