Book Review Index - Alphabetical by Title

Please note: age recommendations for books are necessarily arbitrary. These are my opinions only; please take into account your own assessment of the maturity and reading levels of the individual in choosing books for children.

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind a Friendship, by Russell Freedman
The Academie, by Susanne Dunlap (YA)
Alchemy and Meggie Swann, by Karen Cushman (TW)
Alicia Alonso:  Primary Ballerina, by Carmen T. Bernier Grand (PB)
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli (YA)
All Star: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever, by Jane Yolen and Jim Burke (PB)
Anastasia's Secret, by Susanne Dunlap (YA)
The Angel Makers, by Jessica Gregson (adult)
Anya's War, by Andrea Alban (YA)
Annexed, by Sharon Dogar (YA)
The Auslander, by Paul Dowswell (YA)

The Bad Queen, by Carolyn Meyer (TW)
Back of the Bus, by Aaron Reynolds and Floyd Cooper (PB)
Ballots for Belva:  The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency, by Sudipta Bardhan Quallen (PB)
Bambino and Mr. Twain, by P.I. Maltbie (PB)
The Beatitudes:  from Slavery to Civil Rights, by Carole Boston Weatherford (PB)
Behind the Masks:  The Diary of Angeline Reddy/Dear America, by Susan Patron (MG)
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation, by Pat Sherman (PB)
Ben Franklin:  His Wit and Wisdom from A to Z, by Alan Schroeder (PB)
The Berlin Boxing Club, by Robert Sharenow (YA)
Best Friends Forever:  A World War II Scrapbook, by  Beverly Patt (TW)
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (YA)
Betrayal of Maggie Blair, by Elizabeth Laird (YA)
Big Wig:  A Little History of Hair, by Kathleen Krull (PB)
Bird in a Box, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer (TW)
The Book of the Maidservant, by Rebecca Barnhouse (TW)
A Boy Named FDR, by Kathleen Krull (PB)
Breaking Stalin's Nose, by Eugene Yelchin (MG)
Bright Young Things, by Anna Godbersen (YA)
The Bronte Sisters:  the Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, by Catherine Reef (TW/YA)
Brother Sun, Sister Moon:  St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures, by Katherine Paterson (PB)
The Brothers Story, by Katherine Sturtevant (YA)

Caleb's Wars, by David Dudley (YA)
Call Me Kate:  Meeting the Molly Maguires, by  Molly Roe
The Candy Bomber:  The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot", by Michael O. Tunnell (MG/TW)
Cannons at Dawn:  The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart (Dear America series), by Kristiana Gregory (MG)
Captain Mac:  The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, by  Mary Morton Cowan (MG/TW)
Cate of the Lost Colony, by Lisa Klein (YA)
Cats in the Doll Shop, by Yona Zeldis McDonough (MG)
Chasing Orion, by Kathryn Lasky (TW)
City of Cannibals, by Ricki Thompson (YA)
City of Orphans, by Avi (TW)
Civil War:  Profiles, by Aaron Rosenberg (MG)
Clemente! by William Perdomo and Brian Collier (PB)
Cleopatra Confesses, by Carolyn Meyer (TW/YA)
The Crossing, by Donna Jo Napoli (PB)
Crossing the Tracks, by Barbara Stuber (YA)
Crosswire, by Dotti Enderle (TW/YA)
Cursing Columbus, by Eve Tal (TW)

The Dagger Quick, by Brian Eames (MG/TW)
Daughter of Xanadu, by Doris Jones Yang (YA)
Daughter of Winter, by Pat Lowery Collins (YA)
Dave the Potter:  Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier (PB)
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes:  The Legend Begins), by Andrew Lane (TW/YA)

Elephant in the Garden, by Michael Morpurgo (MG)
Eliza's Cherry Trees:  Japan's Gift to America, by Andrea Zimmerman (PB)
Eliza's Freedom Road, by Jerdine Nolan (MG)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony:  A Friendship that Changed the World, by Penny Colman (YA)
Elizabeth Leads the Way:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote, by Tanya Lee Stone (PB)
Emily and Carlo, by Marty Rhodes Figley (PB)
Emily's Fortune, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (MG)
Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser (PB)
Escape by Night:  A Civil War Adventure, by Laurie Myers (MG)
Every Day Dress-up, by Selina Alko (PB)
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham (PB)

Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol, by Bonnie Christensen (PB)
Faithful, by Janet Fox (YA)
Fallen Grace, by Mary Hooper (YA)
The Family Greene, by Ann Rinaldi (TW/YA)
The Famous Nini, by Mary Nethery and John Manders (PB)
The Fences Between Us:  The Diary of Piper Davis, by Kirby Larson (MG/TW)
Finding my Place, by Traci L. Jones (TW)
Flesh and Blood so Cheap:  The Triangle Fire and its Legacy, by Albert Marrin (YA)
The Fool's Girl, by Celia Rees (YA)
For Freedom:  The Story of a French Spy, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (TW/YA)
Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson (TW/YA)
Forgiven, by Janet Fox (YA)
For the Love of Music:  The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart, by Elizabeth Rusch (PB)
The Friendship Doll, by Kirby Larson (MG)

George Washington's Spy:  A Time Travel Adventure, by Elvira Woodruff (MG/TW)
Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, by Mary Downing Hahn (MG)
A Giraffe Goes to Paris, by Mary Tavener Holmes (PB)
The Golden Bull, by Marjorie Cowley (MG/TW)
Golden Web, by Barbara Quick (YA)
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie, by Tanya Lee Stone (YA)
Good Night Maman, by Norman Fox Mazer (TW)
The Grave Robbers' Secret, by Anna Myers (TW)
Grease Town, by Ann Towell (TW)
The Great and Only Barnum, by Candace Fleming (TW,YA)

The Hallelujah Flight, by Phil Bildner (PB)
Haunting Violet, by Alyxandra Harvey (YA)
Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus (TW)
Henry Aaron's Dream, by Matt Tavares (PB)


In Darkness, by Nick Lake (YA)
In the Shadow of the Lamp, by Susanne Dunlap (YA)
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood (MG)
The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane, by C. M. Millen and Andrea Wisnewski (PB)
In Trouble, by Ellen Levine (YA)
Irena's Jars of Secrets, by Marcia Vaughan (PB)
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto, by Susan Goldman Rubin (PB)
Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman (TW/YA)

Jackie's Gift:  A  True Story of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Jackie Robinson, by Sharon Robinson and E. B. Lewis (PB)
Jefferson's Sons, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG/YA)
Jimi: Sounds like a Rainbow, by Gary Golio (PB)
Jingle Bells:  How the Holiday Classic Came to Be, by John Harris (PB)
Joan of Arc, by Demi (PB)
John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, by Tony Horwitz (YA/Adult)
Johnny Swanson, by Eleanor Updale (MG)
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln, by Patricia Polacco (PB)

Karma, a Verse Novel, by Cathy Ostlere (YA)

Lady Macbeth's Daughter, by Lisa Klein (YA)
The Last Musketeer, by Stuart Gibbs (MG)
Laugh with the Moon, by Shana Burg (MG)
Leaving Gee's Bend, by Irene Latham (MG)
Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, by Tony Johnston (PB)
Like the Willow Tree:  The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 (Dear America), by Lois Lowry (MG)
Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine (MG)
Little Blog on the Prairie, by Cathleen Davitt Bell (TW)
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park (TW/YA)
Looking for Me, by Betsy Rosenthal (MG)
Lost Boy:  The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan, by Jane Yolen and Steve Adams (PB)
The Lost Crown, by Sarah Miller (YA)
Love Twelve Miles Long, by Glenda Armand (PB)

Madame Tussaud:  A Novel of the French Revolution, by Michelle Moran (YA)
Marching with Aunt Susan, by Clare Rudolf Murphy (PB)
May B., by Caroline Starr Rose (MG)
Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky and David Diaz (PB)
Me, Jane, by Patrick McDonnell (PB)

Miss Dorothy and the Bookmobile, by Gloria Houston (PB)
mister death's blue-eyed girls, by Mary Downing Hahn (YA)
Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja, by Simon Higgins (TW)
Most Wanted, by Kate Thompson (MG)
Murder Afloat, by Jane Conley (TW)
My Brother's Shadow, by Monika Schroeder (YA)
My Life with the Lincolns, by Gayle Brandeis (TW)
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart, by Angela Farris Watkins and Eric Velasquez (PB)

A Nest for Celeste, by Henry Cole (MG)
Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick (YA)
Never Forgotten, by Patricia McKissack (PB)
Night Flight:  Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor (PB)
90 Miles to Havana, by Enrique Flores-Galbis (MG)
No Easy Way:  The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season, by Fred Bowen (PB)
Nonna's Book of Mysteries, by Mary Osborne (YA)

Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt (TW/YA)
On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells (MG)
Once, by Morris Gleitzman (YA)
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (TW)
The Other Half of Life, by  Kim Ablon Whitney (YA)

Patrick in a Teddy Bear's Picnic, by Geoffrey Hayes (PB)
Picture the Dead, by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (YA)
Play, Louis, Play! by Muriel Harris Weinstein (MG)
Prisoners in the Palace, by Michaela MacColl (YA)
Promise the Night, by Michaela MacColl (MG)

The Queen's Lover:  A Novel, by Francine DuPlessix Gray
Resistance:  Book 1, by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis (YA)
The Revenant, by Sonia Gensler (YA)
Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly (YA)
Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick (YA)
The Ride:  The Legend of Betsy Dowdy, by Kitty Griffin and Marjorie Priceman (PB)
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, retold by Robert San Souci and E. B. Lewis (PB)
Rose Sees Red, by Cecil Castellucci (YA)
Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin A. Ramsey (PB)


Safekeeping:  A Novel of Tomorrow, by Karen Hesse (YA)
Saga of the Sioux:  An Adaptation from Dee Brown's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, by Dwight Jon Zimmerman (TW/YA)
Saving Zasha, by Randi Barrow (TW)
Selling Hope, by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (MG/TW)
Shakespeare:  His Life and Times by Kristen McDermott and Ari Berk (TW/YA)
She Loved Baseball:  The Effa Manley Story, by Audrey Vernick and Don Tate (PB)
Small Acts of Amazing Courage, by Gloria Whelan (TW/YA)
Soar, Elinor! by Tami Lewis Brown (PB)
Soldier Bear, by Bib Dumon Tak (MG/TW)
Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe (MG)
Sparky:  The Life and Art of Charles Schulz, by Beverly Gherman (MG/TW)
Spartacus the Gladiator, by Ben Kane (adult)
Stand Straight, Ella Kate, by Kate Klise and Sarah Klise (PB)
Storyteller, by Patricia Reilly Giff (MG)
Stable, by Ted Lewin (PB)
Stones for My Father, by Trilby Kent (YA)
The Storm Before Atlanta, by Karen Schwabach (MG/TW)
Surviving the Hindenburg, by Larry Verstraete (PB) 
Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling (MG)

Take Me With You, by Carolyn Marsden (MG)
The Taxing Case of the Cows:  A True Story About Suffrage , by Iris Van Rynbach and Pegi Deitz Shea (PB)
These Hands, by Margaret H. Mason (PB)
Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses, by Shirin Yim Bridges (PB)
Three Rivers Rising, by Jame Richards (YA)
Threads and Flames, by Esther Friesner (YA)
Time Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette, by Bianca Turetsky (TW)
Timeless, by Alexandra Monir (YA)
Tom Thumb:  The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature, by George Sullivan (MG/TW)
Touch the Sky:  Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper, by Ann Malaspina (PB)
The Trouble with May Amelia, by Jennifer Holm (MG)
Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer Holm (MG)
The Twin's Daughter, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (YA)
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Textbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Civil War, by Steve Sheinkin (TW/YA)

Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand (YA/Adult)
Vietnam:  Book 1: I Pledge Allegiance, by Chris Lynch (TW/YA)
Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!, by Jody Nyasha Warner (PB)
Vixen (The Flappers), by Jillian Larkin (YA)

The Wager, by Donna Jo Napoli (YA)
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee:  A Bloody Jack Adventure, by L.A. Meyer (YA)
The War to End All Wars:  World War I, by Russell Freedman (YA)
Warped, by Maurissa Guibord (YA)
Warriors in the Crossfire, by Nancy Bo Flood (YA)
The Watch that Ends the Night:  Voices from the Titanic, by Alan Wolf (YA)
The Water Seeker, by Kimberly Willis Holt (TW/YA)
When Bob Met Woody:  The Story of the Young Bob Dylan, by Gary Golio (PB)
When Molly Was a Harvey Girl, by Frances Wood (MG)
The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats (YA)
The Wild Book, by Margarita Engle (MG)
Wildwing, by Emily Whitman (YA)
Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 (Boys of Wartime) by Laurie Calkhoven (MG)
Wonder Horse:  The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse, by Emily Arnold McCully (PB)
The Wonder of Charlie Anne, by Kimberly Newton Fusco (MG)
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (TW)

The Year of Goodbyes, by Debbie Levy (TW)
The Year We Were Famous, by Carole Estby Dagg (YA)
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!, by Shana Corey (PB)
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, by Jonah Winter and Andre Carrilho (PB)
Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, by Chris Bradford (TW)
Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword, by Chris Bradford (TW)
Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro, by Amy Axelrod (MG/TW)
Zora!  The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, by Dennis Fradin (TW)
Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon (MG/TW)

PB: Picture book
MG: Middle Grade (Recommended for ages 8-12)
TW: Tween/Teen (Recommended for ages 10 and up)
YA: Definitely for 12 and up (mature themes or content)