Book Reviews

How do I find a great book?

The following links guide middle school students in the selection of reading material. Many of these sites include student book reviews.

Newbery Award Website

 ALA Best Books for Young Adults


 BookHive: A guide to children’s literature and books

 Reading Rants: Out of the ordinary teen reading lists

For some of your favorite books and authors:


 Harry Potter

 Meg Cabot

 Alex Rider series

 Cirque du Freak

 A Series of Unfortunate Events

 Lois Lowry

 Jerry Spinelli



Karr, Kathleen


New York: Hyperion, 2000

Matthew, 12-year-old boy who lost his entire family in a cholera epidemic takes a job with the mysterious Dr. ABC. He finds out that the doctor is a phrenologist, a scientist who judges people’s character by reading the bumps on their skulls. While working for Dr. ABC, Matthew learns to speak French, keeps the doctor’s instruments polished, drums up business by putting up a sign and finds out the real reason that he was hired – to rob graves and collect skulls!  The adventure begins when Dr. ABC seeks to acquire the skulls of some famous people, including Napoleon. Why are the mysterious body snatchers they met in the graveyard following them? Will Matthew and Dr. ABC elude their pursuers and complete their quest?


Skurzynski, Gloria


Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 1997.

Yellowstone National Park buzzes with rumors of a wolf attack killing a dog. And a stalker edges through the trees ready to kill. 12-year old Jack, and his sister Ashley are having trouble dealing with Troy, a rebellious foster child that their parents have taken in. Then their parents, a wildlife veterinarian and a photographer, are called to Yellowstone National Park to help with the investigation of a killer wolf. The three children spend an action packed 48 hours in Yellowstone. They see the Old Faithful geyser erupt and get up close and personal with a wolf. A shot rings out and the wolf goes down. Can they help to find the shooter of this endangered creature? Will the wolf survive?