Book Reviews

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)
age 13+
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(1970)
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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age 12+
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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age 15+
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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age 13+
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1999)
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 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)
age 6+
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)

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