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)
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)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 15+
 
Character-driven fantasy is extraordinary for older teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2012)
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)
age 12+
 
Captivating story of teen's eccentric English family.
By Dodie Smith
(2003)
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)
age 13+
 
Excellent dystopian sequel is terrifically twisty, intense.
By Veronica Roth
(2012)
age 12+
 
Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
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age 12+
 
Complex, unique, and satisfying fairy-tale romance.
By Alethea Kontis
(2012)
age 8+
 
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)

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