Book Reviews

Black Boy Joy Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Charming stories of Black boys by acclaimed Black authors.
By Kwame Mbalia
(2021)
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Dead Wednesday Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Book about dead teens promotes exploration of empathy.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2021)
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Time Villains: Time Villains, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tweens battle time-traveling pirates in exciting adventure.
By Victor Piñeiro
(2021)
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Linked Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Swastika in middle school launches complex, uneasy tale.
By Gordon Korman
(2021)
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Best Nerds Forever Book Poster Image
age 10+
Ghostly mystery has humor, sadness, and surprising depth.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2021)
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The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sporty teen girls dive into ocean of fun and useful facts.
By Kim Dwinell
(2021)
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Sunshine and the Full Moon Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engaging werewolf mystery has a refreshing, sporty spin.
By Jon Robinson
(2021)
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Just Pretend Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Making fantasy fiction helps tween cope in heartfelt memoir.
By Tori Sharp
(2021)
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All the Things We Never Knew Book Poster Image
age 13+
Intense, emotional novel about first love, family secrets.
By Liara Tamani
(2021)
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Truly Tyler: Emmie & Friends, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fast-paced graphic novel tackles bullying and peer pressure.
By Terri Libenson
(2021)
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The Last Fallen Star: Gifted Clans, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical fantasy romp has awesome Korean American girl lead.
By Graci Kim
(2021)
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Finding Junie Kim Book Poster Image
age 9+
Korean American girl fights racism in excellent, bold novel.
By Ellen Oh
(2021)
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Last Gate of the Emperor Book Poster Image
age 8+
Afrofuturistic adventure hits its targets for sci-fi fans.
By Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen
(2021)
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J.D. and the Great Barber Battle Book Poster Image
age 6+
Superb, fun, nuanced story of family, friends, Black hair.
By J. Dillard
(2021)
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The Chance to Fly Book Poster Image
age 10+
Uplifting musical theater-themed story has charming lead.
By Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz
(2021)
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Ways to Grow Love: Ryan Hart, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Fun tale of Ryan's eventful summer with family and friends.
By Renée Watson
(2021)
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Starfish Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving, witty novel tackles fatphobia, self-advocacy.
By Lisa Fipps
(2021)
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While I Was Away Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Girl finds Japanese roots in sweet, reflective memoir.
By Waka T. Brown
(2021)
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Amina's Song: Amina's Voice, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Amina embraces heritage, helps refugees in charming tale.
By Hena Khan
(2021)
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Merci Suárez Can't Dance: Merci Suárez, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Merci deals with racism, family, boys in delightful sequel.
By Meg Medina
(2021)
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