Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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age 9+
 
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 6+
 
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
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age 9+
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 14+
 
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
age 13+
 
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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age 12+
 
Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.
By Rudolfo Anaya
(1972)
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age 10+
 
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
age 4+
 
A boy's wondrous experience of seeing his seeds grow.
By Julie Fogliano
(2012)
age 12+
 
Captivating story of teen's eccentric English family.
By Dodie Smith
(2003)
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age 3+
 
Imaginative boy goes down the drain on fantastic adventure.
By Judith Rossell
(2012)
age 13+
 
Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.
By Morgan Matson
(2012)
age 16+
 
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
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age 3+
 
Charming story of bunny who gets sibs to play, not watch TV.
By Peter McCarty
(2012)
age 12+
 
Prose and comics mix in intense tale of sibling rivalry.
By Cecil Castellucci
(2012)

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