Blood is thicker than water
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.
Love thy neighbor - even when it is difficult
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.
A friendship that crosses race barriers
Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.
A story of friendship and personal tragedy
A young girl deals with her mother's illness.
Eric Carle gets personal
A story based on his childhood experience.
Great book for reluctant readers
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.
Science fair projects stump students
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.
Squirrel caught in vacuum survives
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.
A story that touched millions
Not your typical inspirational story.
Engaging characters bring this story to life
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.
Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.
Romance in teen fiction
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?
A book that builds character
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.
Not quite Harry
I had thought this series might have the broad appeal of the Potter books...
Inside a male brain
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.
The Only Author to Win Both a Newbery and Newbery Honor in the Same Year
An off-beat story about friendship, loyalty and respect.
Books of innocence and experience
Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
One for the boys
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.
Up on Cloud Nine
A story about unstinting love.
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
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