Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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 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)
age 12+
 
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
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age 9+
 
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
age 10+
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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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 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 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 3+
 
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2009)
age 10+
 
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
age 6+
 
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)

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