Book Reviews

Hansel & Gretel Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.
By Neil Gaiman
(2014)
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The Paper Princess Book Poster Image
age 4+
Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.
By Elisa Kleven
(1998)
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Part-time Princess Book Poster Image
age 4+
Regular girl turns princess at night in delightful fantasy.
By Deborah Underwood
(2013)
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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Book Poster Image
age 10+
Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.
By Nancy Farmer
(2014)
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The Madman of Piney Woods Book Poster Image
age 10+
Moving 1901 adventure explores race, class, mental illness.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2014)
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The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
age 9+
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
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Diamond Boy Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
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Wolfie the Bunny Book Poster Image
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age 3+
A fresh and funny take on new baby in the house.
By Ame Dyckman
(2015)
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Palace of Stone: Princess Academy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, complex sequel a mix of politics and compassion.
By Shannon Hale
(2012)
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The Forgotten Sisters: Princess Academy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Thrilling series conclusion spotlights value of education.
By Shannon Hale
(2015)
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How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
age 12+
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
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How It Went Down Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Haunting look at killing of unarmed African-American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2014)
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Burning Kingdoms:  The Internment Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Second, stronger installment focuses on characters.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
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Fish in a Tree Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(2015)
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Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker Book Poster Image
age 7+
Boy strives to make his mark in funny family tale.
By Molly B. Burnham
(2015)
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The Year of the Three Sisters Book Poster Image
age 8+
Chinese girl visits U.S. in powerful friendship tale.
By Andrea Cheng
(2015)
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Wish Girl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
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Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
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