Book Reviews

Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Poster Image
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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The Little Prince Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1943)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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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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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
age 6+
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
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The Lion and the Mouse Book Poster Image
age 3+
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2009)
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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)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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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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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Of Mice and Men Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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Red Sled Book Poster Image
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age 2+
Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.
By Lita Judge
(2011)
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Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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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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A Tale of Two Cities Book Poster Image
age 14+
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(1894)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Poster Image
age 14+
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
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There Is No Dog Book Poster Image
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age 14+
God re-imagined as teen prompts big questions, sharp humor.
By Meg Rosoff
(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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