A friendship that crosses race barriers
Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.
A must-read for young and not-so-young adults
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.
A story that needs to be told
A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.
Should young ladies know how to swim?
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
A wonderful story about family loyalty.
Small Acts of Amazing Courage
One of those little books that is well worth reading.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
A lyrical portrait of friendship and young love set in World War II among Chinese and Japanese Americans which shows surprising depth from new author Jamie Ford.
Moon Over Manifest
This Newbery winner has all the makings of a modern classic.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A moving look at the horrors of Auschwitz as seen through the eyes of the camp commandant's nine year old son.
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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
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers