Book Reviews

age 8+
Layered, fun romp focuses on friendship and trust.
By Crystal Allen
(2015)
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age 5+
Engaging early reader shows teamwork via community garden.
By Shaquille O'Neal
(2015)
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age 6+
Sweet, surprising story of friendship and courage.
By Ben Hatke
(2015)
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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age 9+
Hopeful tale of girl's response to friend's brain damage.
By Miriam Spitzer Franklin
(2015)
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age 8+
Sweet, poignant tale of loss, friendship, following dreams.
By Alison McGhee
(2015)
age 6+
Six-year-old imaginations run riot in appealing sequel.
By Abby Hanlon
(2015)
age 9+
Strong Prairie Evers sequel focuses on Ivy.
By Ellen Airgood
(2015)
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age 12+
Friendship tale, graphics blend well in absorbing mystery.
By Cherie Priest
(2015)
age 8+
Honest, affecting story of fifth-grader with mom in prison.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2015)
age 9+
Installment in popular series is long on drama, stereotypes.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2015)
age 10+
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
age 9+
Second fun adventure is creepier, less gross.
By Tom Angleberger
(2015)
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age 8+
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
age 8+
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
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age 10+
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
age 9+
Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.
By Tommy Greenwald
(2015)
age 8+
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
age 8+
Frail boy and huge talking dog reunite in D.C. adventure.
By Jenny Lee
(2014)
age 8+
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)

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