Book Reviews

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Civil War realism for young readers.
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By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
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By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
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By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
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By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
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By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
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Award winner is perfect for holiday gift-giving.
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By Roni Schotter
(2008)
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Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
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By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
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By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
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Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
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By Willa Cather
(2011)
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Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
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By Richard Wright
(1940)
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Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
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By George Orwell
(1949)
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Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
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By Ernest Hemingway
(1940)
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Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
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By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
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Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
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By Charles Dickens
(1894)
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Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
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By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
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By Maya Angelou
(1969)

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