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Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Reviewed by Jessica McGaughey, age 13, Odessa, Ontario, Canada

The first thing I noticed about this book was the fact that Willow is both the main character’s name and the title. I liked this because I sometimes refer to a book by the protagonist’s name and not the title. Willow is about a fifteen-year-old black girl who lives in Maryland in the late 1840s…. read more »

Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion by Russell Freedman

Reviewed by Ben Dauphinais, age 11, Yadkinville, North Carolina

Russell Freedman’s biography, Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion, is a fascinating book that tells the life story of one of the greatest athletes of all time. Babe lived for sports and excelled in many of them, including golf, track and field, basketball, baseball, tennis, bowling, diving, swimming, roller skating, and boxing. Earning… read more »

The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett

Reviewed by Myla Indigaro, age 10, Los Angeles, California

“As they approached the hollow where the man lay, they were aggrieved to spy him sitting up. Clearly he was not dead. And although they had crept as quietly as they could, and kept themselves hidden behind tree trunks and weeds, the sharp-eared man must have heard—for he looked up from the fallen leaves, and… read more »

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Abhirupa Dasgupta, age 13, Plano, Texas

Once in a blue moon, you come upon a book which you believe is the pure embodiment of perfection. You read the novel in what seems like a single breath, and by the time you have read the last perfectly tailored word, you would be just as happy to read the entire thing again, if… read more »

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Reviewed by Nicole Cooper, age 11, Urbana, Illinois

It is too dangerous to stay in London. The threat of bombs falling overhead is constant, and now that France has fallen, Cecily’s parents are getting worried. So they decide to send Cecily and her brother Jeremy (along with their mother) to their Uncle Peregrine’s house until it’s “safe” enough. Although Cecily is perfectly happy… read more »

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Reviewed by Isabel Folger, age 12, Santa Cruz, California

Twelve-year-old Willow Chance, who is fascinated by and knowledgeable about plants and medical conditions, has enough to deal with starting a new middle school with no friends and being accused of cheating on an important test before her parents die in a car crash. She soon finds that not only her world is changed after… read more »

Matched by Ally Condie

Reviewed by Kira Householder, age 12, Scottsdale, Arizona

Part of leading your own, individual life is choosing whom you love and where you work. Imagine how drab and strict life would be if someone controlled that and decided when you died. If there is even one rebellious bone in your body, you probably would have despised a life like that. You cannot call… read more »

18 Things by Jamie Ayres

Reviewed by Kaylee Ayres, age 13, Cape Coral, Florida

Jamie Ayres has written an inspiring story about over coming grief. In 18 Things, teenager Olga Gay Worontzoff suffers through depression after her best friend since kindergarten is fatally struck by lightning on their sailing trip. Olga feels responsible for his death, and that lie leads her to swallow an entire bottle of pain pills…. read more »

Below by Meg McKinlay

Reviewed by Sundari Arunarasu, age 11, Portland, Oregon

Anyone would think that if you drowned a town with five thousand swimming pools of water, it would be done and gone, forgotten forever! But twelve-year-old Cassie knows that everything has a way of revealing itself, sooner or later. Since she was a little girl, Cassie was always interested in the town that the mayor,… read more »

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Reviewed by Sonia Patel Banker, age 9, San Francisco, California

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road Plantation in Mississippi in the early 1800s. Sugar is a young African-American girl whose father died during the Civil War and whose mother died of sickness shortly after. As Sugar spends her time cutting cane, Mister Wills, the plantation owner, hires more cane workers from China. These men… read more »