Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 8+
 
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
age 11+
 
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
age 11+
 
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 4+
 
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
age 9+
 
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 8+
 
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
age 6+
 
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
age 3+
 
School bully tale great for showing kids how to respond.
By Anna Dewdney
(2013)
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age 9+
 
Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
age 12+
 
Engrossing Elizabethan tale of murder and intrigue.
By Jennifer McGowan
(2013)
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age 9+
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 10+
 
Percy is back! And on a quest with Roman demigods.
By Rick Riordan
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 14+
 
Heartwrenching love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
age 14+
 
Fantasy sequel has strong female characters, more violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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age 12+
 
Girl who talks to fairies vs. evil king in complex fantasy.
By Juliet Marillier
(2012)

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