Book Reviews

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Book Poster Image
age 8+
Epic neighborhood snowball fight perks up 13th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2018)
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The House in Poplar Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teens bond, match wits with Death in riveting tale.
By K.E. Ormsbee
(2018)
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Squirm Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Boy saves animals and his family in fun environmental tale.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2018)
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Small Spaces Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Tween horror done right: scary, not gory, with some heart.
By Katherine Arden
(2018)
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Tight Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Authentic, nuanced tale of Brooklyn boy has lots of heart.
By Torrey Maldonado
(2018)
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The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body Book Poster Image
age 10+
Wonderfully candid, body-positive tips to inspire girls.
By Marawa Ibrahim
(2018)
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Two Dark Reigns: Three Dark Crowns, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Characters lack drive in third volume of triplet queen tale.
By Kendare Blake
(2018)
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Mascot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
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Hey, Kiddo Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Big-hearted memoir of rocky childhood with addicted mom.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2018)
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My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope Book Poster Image
age 13+
Heartbreaking, inspiring memoir of popular actress.
By Diane Guerrero, Erica Moroz
(2018)
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Start Now! You Can Make a Difference Book Poster Image
age 7+
Inspiring book cheers kids' efforts to make things better.
By Chelsea Clinton
(2018)
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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! Book Poster Image
age 10+
Brave but heavy-handed look at racism and deaf life.
By Alex Gino
(2018)
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A Parade of Elephants Book Poster Image
age 3+
Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.
By Kevin Henkes
(2018)
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The Iron Flower: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Dramatic, overlong sequel tackles prejudice thoughtfully.
By Laurie Forest
(2018)
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Merci Suarez Changes Gears Book Poster Image
age 9+
Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.
By Meg Medina
(2018)
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Unbelievably Boring Bart Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun story of the middle school trials of shy game designer.
By James Patterson, Duane Swierczynski
(2018)
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Nowhere Boy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Riveting friendship tale set against terror, refugee crisis.
By Katherine Marsh
(2018)
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Harbor Me Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Kids get safe space to tell their stories in moving tale.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2018)
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Willa of the Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed, violent, absorbing, heartfelt fantasy.
By Robert Beatty
(2018)
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The Legend of Greg: Failures, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Middle Earth meets Chicago in wild magical Dwarf tale.
By Chris Rylander
(2018)
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