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 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
age 11+
Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
age 10+
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
(2006)
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age 7+
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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age 10+
Handmaid to queen discovers true beauty in charming fantasy.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2006)
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
age 10+
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
age 9+
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
age 4+
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
age 4+
Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.
By Judi Barrett
(1978)
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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age 4+
Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)

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