Book Reviews

Song of Solomon Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Brilliant but mature classic explores racism, gender, power.
By Toni Morrison
(1977)
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Native Son Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(1940)
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1984 Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
By George Orwell
(1949)
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teen faces addiction and abuse in powerful, poetic novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2009)
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The Handmaid's Tale Book Poster Image
age 16+
Gripping dystopian novel of religious state against women.
By Margaret Atwood
(1985)
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The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
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Life of Pi Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.
By Yann Martel
(2001)
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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tribute collection will please Bradbury fans, new readers.
By Sam Weller, Mort Castle
(2012)
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On the Road Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Poetic, ecstatic, debauched novel that changed literature.
By Jack Kerouac
(1957)
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Kim
age 16+
Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.
By Rudyard Kipling
(1901)
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Grasshopper Jungle Book Poster Image
age 16+
Brilliant end-of-the-world chronicle is unforgettably weird.
By Andrew Smith
(2014)
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The Kingdom of Little Wounds Book Poster Image
age 16+
Brutal, breathtaking historical epic is graphic but great.
By Susann Cokal
(2014)
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The Round House Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2012)
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Front Lines: Front Lines, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Inventive, intense war story best for more mature teens.
By Michael Grant
(2016)
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The Kite Runner Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2003)
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Red Spikes Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Dark, brutal, otherworldly stories for mature readers.
By Margo Lanagan
(2007)
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Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out Book Poster Image
age 16+
Portrays teen girls in all their complexity.
By Hillary Carlip
(1995)
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Rats Saw God Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Funny high school novel reveals tender truths.
By Rob Thomas
(1996)
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Surrender Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
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The After Life Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Mature teens will love this wreck of a family.
By Daniel Ehrenhaft
(2006)
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