Book Reviews

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Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
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By Mary Norton
(2003)
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Barnyard talent keeps kids and adults laughing.
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By Doreen Cronin
(2006)
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Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
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By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
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By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
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By E.B. White
(1969)
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Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
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By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
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By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.
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By Tamora Pierce
(2009)
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Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
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By Jerry Pinkney
(2009)
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Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
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By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
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Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
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By Keith McGowan
(2009)
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The Chihuahua-wannabe kitty-boy goes to a school for dogs.
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By Judy Schachner
(2011)
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Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
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By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Dark, funny tale of mean boy trying to end his nine lives.
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By John Bemelmans Marciano
(2013)
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
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By William H. Armstrong
(1969)
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Uneven finish to exciting but violent crime/fantasy trilogy.
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By Tamora Pierce
(2011)
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Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.
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By Lita Judge
(2011)
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Wordless story of dog's ball loss mirrors kids' emotions.
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By Chris Raschka
(2011)
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Adorable mouse learns patience waiting to sing for family.
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By Kevin Henkes
(2012)
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Boy's fun struggle to write a jungle story with toy monkey.
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By Eileen Rosenthal
(2012)

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