Book Reviews

age 8+
 
Engaging story is great for reluctant readers.
By Cressida Cowell
(2004)
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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)
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age 9+
 
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
age 9+
 
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(1865)
age 9+
 
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
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age 9+
 
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
age 9+
 
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
age 9+
 
Creepy AND warmhearted -- one of Gaiman's best.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
age 9+
 
Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
By Keith McGowan
(2009)
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age 9+
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 9+
 
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 9+
 
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Emotional story of Jewish refugee children continues.
By Annika Thor
(2011)
age 9+
 
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
age 9+
 
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
age 9+
 
Exciting story of misunderstood rat who becomes a hero.
By W.H. Beck
(2012)

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