Book Reviews

age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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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)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 6+
 
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(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)
age 13+
 
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)

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