Book Reviews

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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
age 10+
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
(2006)
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age 10+
Handmaid to queen discovers true beauty in charming fantasy.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2006)
age 10+
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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)
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age 4+
Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
age 9+
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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 12+
Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.
By Tamora Pierce
(2009)
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)

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