Book Reviews

Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Book Poster Image
age 10+
Superb stories by top authors spring from surreal images.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2011)
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Sounder Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(1969)
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Native Son Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(1940)
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Planesrunner: Everness, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Clever science fantasy will appeal to Philip Pullman fans.
By Ian McDonald
(2011)
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Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. Book Poster Image
age 10+
Superpowered kids have exciting crime-fighting adventure.
By Peter Abrahams
(2012)
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Lord of the Flies Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping story of marooned schoolboys and their savagery.
By William Golding
(1954)
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Froi of the Exiles Book Poster Image
age 15+
Character-driven fantasy is extraordinary for older teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2012)
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Jazz Age Josephine Book Poster Image
age 4+
Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.
By Jonah Winter
(2012)
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A Raisin in the Sun Book Poster Image
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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Partials: The Partials Sequence, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Tense action, sharp plot twists distinguish dystopian tale.
By Dan Wells
(2012)
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Crow Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
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Brave New World Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Satire of ultimate consumerist society still packs punch.
By Aldous Huxley
(1932)
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The Odyssey Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(1998)
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May B. Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
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Ice Island Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
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Everybody Sees the Ants Book Poster Image
age 15+
Powerful, challenging tale of outsider fighting back.
By A.S. King
(2011)
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The Bluest Eye Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Deeply poetic novel explores racial and sexual feelings.
By Toni Morrison
(1970)
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Storybound Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Hugely inventive story of kids in peril in fairy-tale world.
By Marissa Burt
(2012)
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teen faces addiction and abuse in powerful, poetic novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2009)
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