Book Reviews

age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
age 10+
 
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
age 10+
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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age 10+
 
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
age 9+
 
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
age 8+
 
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
age 6+
 
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
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age 6+
 
Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
age 9+
 
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2011)
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age 16+
 
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(1940)
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age 16+
 
Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
By George Orwell
(1949)
age 14+
 
Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
By Ernest Hemingway
(1940)
age 9+
 
Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
age 14+
 
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(1894)
age 14+
 
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
age 14+
 
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
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age 14+
 
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
age 4+
 
Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.
By Jonah Winter
(2012)

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