Book Reviews

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)
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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)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 9+
 
For those ready to learn the truth about Santa.
By Harold Myra
(1997)
age 7+
 
Gross bathroom humor book may appeal to reluctant readers.
By Dav Pilkey
(1997)
age 9+
 
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(1865)
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age 12+
 
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
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age 12+
 
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
age 11+
 
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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age 6+
 
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(1969)
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+
 
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
age 15+
 
Teen drunk's tragic story best for mature readers.
By Tim Tharp
(2008)
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age 4+
 
Award winner is perfect for holiday gift-giving.
By Roni Schotter
(2008)
age 8+
 
Lots of action, thin plot in wacky graphic novel.
By Erik Craddock
(2009)

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