Archived Reviews

Our archived reviews, sorted by genre. The date listed is the year in which the book was published. This page is a work in progress – we appreciate your patience as we collect it all.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Sparks by S. J. Adams (2011)

Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico by Malin Alegria (2007)

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando (2012)

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes (2012)

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (2011)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (2012)

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg (2012)

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (2002)

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (2000)

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh (2013)

Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton Trujillo (2013)

Messy by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (2012)

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney (2012)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (2012)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (2012)

A La Carte by Tanita S. Davis (2008)

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis (2012)

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (2009)

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (2013)

The Good Braider by Terry Farish (2012)

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle (2013)

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock (2013)

Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (2013)

Bunheads by Sophie Flack (2011)

Just One Day by Gayle Forman (2013)

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin (2012)

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (2011)

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (2012)

Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman (2013)

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (2012)

Peanut by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe (2013)

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (2012)

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman (2011)

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson (2012)

Junonia by Kevin Henkes (2011)

Addie on the Inside by James Howe (2011)

A Certain October by Angela Johnson (2012)

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (2004)

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (2008)

Tina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap (2011)

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (2013)

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (2012)

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (2011)

French Milk by Lucy Knisley (2007)

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami (2011)

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (2012)

An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw (2013)

Drita My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard (2006)

Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler (2006)

Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall (2005)

Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty (2013)

Yacqui Delgado wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (2013)

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner (2011)

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis (2012)

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (2009)

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell (2011)

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa (2003)

Huge by Sasha Paley (2007)

Purity by Jackson Pearce (2012)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (2011)

The Daughters Join the Party by Joanna Philbin (2011)

The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf (2013)

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray (2011)

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (2011)

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (2012)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

Past Perfect by Leila Sales (2011)

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (2012)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (2012)

Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (2011)

Some Girls Are by Courtney Sommers (2010)

The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford (2012)

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (2011)

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmyer (2013)

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmyer (2012)

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (2011)

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2012)

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky (2011)

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban (2013)

The List by Siobhan Vivian (2012)

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (2010)

The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White (1986/2008)

Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White (2007)

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (2010)

Pink by Lili Wilkinson (2009)

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacquelyn Woodson (2012)

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano (2013)

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (2011)

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (2013)

Historical Fiction

Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (2011)

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby (2012)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012)

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (1935)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (2012)

The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper (2012)

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (2011)

With a Name Like Love by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2011)

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle (2012)

Dreams of Significant Girls by Christina Garcia (2011)

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (2012)

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2007)

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles (2012)

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo (2011)

The Trouble With May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm (2011)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress (2012)

Betsy was a Junior by Maud Hart Lovelace (1947)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (2006)

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson (2012)

The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson (2010)

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (2011)

Dreams in the Golden Country by Kathryn Lasky (1998)

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristen Levine (2012)

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (2012)

A Picture of Freedom by Patricia McKissack (1997)

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer (2002)

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford (2010)

Broken Lands by Kate Milford (2012)

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (2011)

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (2013)

Caroline by Willo Davis Roberts (1984)

All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (2011)

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (2013)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (2012) 

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (2011)

The Madman’s Daughter by Meghan Shepherd (2013)

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert (2013)

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (2008)

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (2006)

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (2013)

Pie by Sarah Weeks (2011)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2012)

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (2013)

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia (2010)

Fantasy, Fairy Tale, & Speculative Fiction

Crewel by Gennifer Albin (2012)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (2013) 

Doll Bones by Holly Black (2013)

Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booream (2011)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (2011)

Abandon by Meg Cabot (2011)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (2012)

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement Moore (2013)

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (2012)

A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott (2008)

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (2012)

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (2007)

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (2013)

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell (2011)

The Shattering by Karen Healey (2011)

Outcast by Adrienne Kress (2013)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (2012)

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan (2012)

Devilish by Maureen Johnson (2007)

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (2012)

September Girls by Bennett Madison (2013)

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott (2012)

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry (2013)

The Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (2012)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford (2010)

Broken Lands by Kate Milford (2012)

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (2013)

The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (2011)

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson (1992)

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (2011)

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (2010)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (2012) 

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (2012)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011)

Ordinary Magic by Caitlin Rubino-Bradway (2012)

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (2012) 

A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (2011)

The Madman’s Daughter by Meghan Shepherd (2013)

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (2011)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (2011)

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (2011)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (2011)

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (2012)

Science Fiction

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal (2012)

A Wrinkle In Time The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle adapted by Hope Larson (2012)

Adaptation by Malinda Lo (2012)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (2007)

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (2011)

Mystery

Cam Jansen: The First Day of School Mystery by David A. Adler (2002)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012) 

Also Known As by Robin Benway (2013)

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore (2013)

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (2011)

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (2013)

The Wig in the Window by Kristin Kittscher (2013)

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (1930)

The Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (2012)

Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller (2006)

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (2011)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (2012) 

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (2012)

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (2006)

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen (1998)

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (2013)

Dystopian

Crewel by Gennifer Albin (2012)

Son by Lois Lowry (2012)

Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2011)

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (2011)

Non-fiction

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming (2011)

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy (2011)

Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin (2011)

Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough (2013)

Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (2005)

The Good, The Bad, and The Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone (2010)

First Girl Scout by Ginger Wadsworth (2012)

Picture Book

The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch (2011)

Bink and Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (2012)

Grace For President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (2008)

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett & Illustrated by Jon Klassen (2012)

Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall & Illustrated by Matt Phelan (2010)

Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming & Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (2009)

My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry (2010)

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke (2007)

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (2011)

The Red Wolf by Margaret Shannon (2002)

Phoebe and Digger by Tricia Springstubb (2013)

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen (2010)

Graphic Novel

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (2011)

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg (2007)

The Good Braider by Terry Farish (2012)

Page by Page by Laura Lee Gulledge (2011)

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (2013)

Peanut by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe (2013)

Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2012)

Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2009)

Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2005)

Tina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap (2011)

French Milk by Lucy Knisley (2007)

A Wrinkle In Time The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle adapted by Hope Larson (2013)

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson (2012)

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (2012)

The Baby-Sitter’s Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day by Anne M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier (2007)

Poetry

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle (2012)

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (2011)

Addie on the Inside by James Howe (2011)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)

Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy (2011)

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012)

Theme Weeks

Dear America Week

Girl Detectives Week

Meg Cabot Week

Shakespeare Week

Summer Books Week

Use Your Gray Matter

Was Shakespeare a Feminist?

Summer Reading

Why Katniss vs. Bella Doesn’t Help Anybody

Girls With Bad Attitudes

Screen Time vs. Page Time

Covering Cover Art

Fancy Nancy and the Male Gaze

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