Parents' Guide to


By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tween critics review YA picks in safe online book nook.

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This site is really cool -- especially the ebook option, which sends you a book for free. Kids will feel important and recognized when their reviews are published online, and they'll enjoy getting books that they already wanted to read for free. Writing the review helps kids process what they've read, and they'll learn a lot as they formulate opinions. Book choices are limited to those on the LitPick list, but a lot of quality options are available, including many ultrapopular titles. There are some missed opportunities for communication: the forum, which could be a hotbed of conversation and debate, is pretty quiet, and there's no place to comment on individual reviews.

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