Book Reviews

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)
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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+
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 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(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 14+
Fantasy sequel has strong female characters, more violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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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