Book Reviews

age 9+
 
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
age 9+
 
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(1865)
age 7+
 
Gross bathroom humor book may appeal to reluctant readers.
By Dav Pilkey
(1997)
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age 6+
 
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(1969)
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age 7+
 
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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age 9+
 
A timeless and thought-provoking novel.
By Natalie Babbitt
(1975)
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age 11+
 
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
By Esther Forbes
(1943)
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age 13+
 
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1999)
age 4+
 
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
age 7+
 
Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(1969)
age 10+
 
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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age 9+
 
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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age 12+
 
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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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 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 8+
 
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
age 13+
 
Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
age 8+
 
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)

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