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)
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age 7+
 
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
age 12+
 
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 8+
 
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
age 6+
 
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
age 12+
 
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
age 10+
 
Swords, explosions, life lessons as comic pirate tale ends.
By Geoff Rodkey
(2014)
age 9+
 
Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
By Keith McGowan
(2009)
age 4+
 
The Chihuahua-wannabe kitty-boy goes to a school for dogs.
By Judy Schachner
(2011)
age 9+
 
Old-fashioned charmer will appeal to the whole family.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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age 7+
 
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)

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