Book Reviews

Summer in the City of Roses Book Poster Image
age 15+
Moving, sweet coming-of-ager with magical realism goes deep.
By Michelle Ruiz Keil
(2021)
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Roar of the Beast: The Cardboard Kingdom, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creative kids fight Halloween monsters in clever adventure.
By Chad Sell
(2021)
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Instructions for Dancing Book Poster Image
age 13+
Emotional, memorable tale of girl who has romantic visions.
By Nicola Yoon
(2021)
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Truly Tyler: Emmie & Friends, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fast-paced graphic novel tackles bullying and peer pressure.
By Terri Libenson
(2021)
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Midnight Train: Enchanter's Child, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Finale pulls into the station with adventure and heart.
By Angie Sage
(2021)
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I Am Frida Kahlo: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lively, appealing bio encourages being your unique self.
By Brad Meltzer
(2021)
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Kate in Waiting Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Funny, breezy, diverse romcom stresses value of friendship.
By Becky Albertalli
(2021)
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Kisses and Croissants Book Poster Image
age 12+
American ballerina finds love in sweet romance set in Paris.
By Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
(2021)
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The Chance to Fly Book Poster Image
age 10+
Uplifting musical theater-themed story has charming lead.
By Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz
(2021)
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Merci Suárez Can't Dance Book Poster Image
age 9+
Merci deals with racism, family, boys in delightful sequel.
By Meg Medina
(2021)
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A Pho Love Story Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Vietnamese American teens find love in heartwarming romcom.
By Loan Le
(2021)
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Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women Book Poster Image
age 6+
Exciting biographies of women leaders sure to inspire.
By Rebel Girls
(2021)
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The Poetry of Secrets Book Poster Image
age 13+
Jewish persecution in medieval Spain dominates teen romance.
By Cambria Gordon
(2021)
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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Book Poster Image
age 6+
Splendid biography of first Black Pulitzer Prize winner.
By Suzanne Slade
(2020)
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Just Like That Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Warm boarding school grief tale has some gory violence.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2021)
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul Book Poster Image
age 4+
Dazzling art captures Aretha's career and activism.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2021)
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Overground Railroad Book Poster Image
age 5+
Captivating story of a family's migration North to freedom.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
(2020)
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Not Quite Snow White Book Poster Image
age 4+
Heartwarming story shows a princess can be any color.
By Ashley Franklin
(2019)
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Smash It! Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Teen experiments with personal, social risks in bold novel.
By Francina Simone
(2020)
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A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! Book Poster Image
age 4+
Captivating bio of Latinx star of "West Side Story."
By Anika Aldamuy Denise
(2020)
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