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Reviewing the Legends: YA

  • TEEN

    BEFORE WE WERE FREE

    AUG. 13, 2002

TEEN

BEFORE WE WERE FREE

by Julia Alvarez

This is a minor quibble with a story that imagines so clearly for American readers the travails of all-too-many Latin... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    MONSTER

    MAY 31, 1999

TEEN

MONSTER

by Walter Dean Myers

The format of this taut and moving drama forcefully regulates the pacing; breathless, edge-of-the-seat courtroom scenes... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

    OCT. 1, 1976

CHILDREN'S

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

by Mildred D. Taylor & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Taylor trusts to her material and doesn't try to inflate Cassie's role in these events, and though the strong, clear-headed... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE ARRIVAL

    OCT. 1, 2007

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE ARRIVAL

by Shaun Tan & illustrated by Shaun Tan

It’s an unashamed paean to the immigrant’s spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE CHOCOLATE WAR

    MARCH 12, 1974

TEEN

THE CHOCOLATE WAR

by Robert Cormier

Mature young readers will respect the uncompromising ending that dares disturb the upbeat universe of juvenile books. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE GIVER

    APRIL 1, 1993

TEEN

THE GIVER

by Lois Lowry

Wrought with admirable skill—the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE GOLDEN COMPASS

    APRIL 1, 1996

CHILDREN'S

THE GOLDEN COMPASS

by Philip Pullman

This first fantastic installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy propels readers along with horror and high adventure, a... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WINTER PEOPLE

    SEPT. 1, 2002

CHILDREN'S

THE WINTER PEOPLE

by Joseph Bruchac

An important addition to American history fiction collections. Full review >

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