Book Reviews

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 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
age 9+
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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age 6+
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(1969)
age 4+
One of the most beautiful Christmas books.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(1985)
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
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age 9+
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
age 12+
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 10+
Percy is back! And on a quest with Roman demigods.
By Rick Riordan
(2011)
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)

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