Book Reviews

A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
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The Borrowers Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Book Poster Image
age 4+
Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.
By Judi Barrett
(1978)
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Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 4+
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
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Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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The City of Ember Book Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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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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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
age 7+
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2006)
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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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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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Little House in the Big Woods Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
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Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day Book Poster Image
age 8+
Cabot for tweens introduces a spunky heroine.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
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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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