Book Reviews

  1. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  2. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
  3. Day of Tears: a novel in dialogue by Julius Lester
  4. Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
  5. Flush by Carl Hiaasen
  6. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
  7. Last Shot: a Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein
  8. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  9. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
  10. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  11. Whittington by Alan Armstrong
  12. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff



The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of
the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel. (Fantasy)
6.7/26.0
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Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings,
question their identies, connect, and disconnect as they search for the
meaning of life and love. (Newbery Award 2006) 5.5/7.0
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Day of Tears: a novel in dialogue by Julius Lester

Presents an historical fiction written in first-person format that follows
Emma, the slave of Pierce Butler, through a series of events in her life as
her master hosts the largest slave auction in American history in Savannah,
Georgia in 1859 in order to pay off his mounting gambling debts. (Historical
Fiction) 4.8/4.0
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Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of
France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and
philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister
motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug
trade. (Spy - Fiction) 5.1/10.0
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Flush by Carl Hiaasen

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his
younger sister, Abbey must gather evidence that the owner of this floating
casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protective waters around their
Florida Keys home. (Environmental Protection - Fiction) 5.0/9.0
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Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins

Eleven-year-old Gregor and his younger sister, Boots, return to the
Underworld beneath New York City to find the cure for a terrible plague that
threatens the life of their mother, as well as the lives of the people, bats,
and rats who populate the underworld. (Underland Chronicles; Book 3)
4.8/10.0
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Last Shot: a Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan
Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a
talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game. (Sports -
Basketball) 4.8/9.0
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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Inspired by his teacher, eleven-year-old Lonnie begins to write about his
life in a series of poems in which he discusses his feelings about his
friends, his foster mom, his little sister, Lili, and the death of his
parents. (Poetry) 4.7/2.0
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Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves
the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar,
and discovers a plot against her and her father. (Fairy Tale) 5.7/8.0
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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other
girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected
talents and connections to her homeland. (Newbery Honor Book 2006) 6.0/10.0
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Whittington by Alan Armstrong

Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English
folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony
while telling his ancestor's story. (Newbery Honor Book 2006) 4.9/5.0
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Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

Eleven-year-old Meggie Dillon shares her feelings and experiences on the
homefront during World War II after her family moves from Rockaway, NY to
Willow Run, MI. (Historical Fiction) 4.2/4.0
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