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Hi!  I'm looking for recommendations for websites/blogs where kids review books for other kids (MG/YA).  Any thoughts?

Thanks!  :thankyou
#1 - August 06, 2011, 12:59 PM

How about Reading Vacation?  (readingvacation.blogspot.com?)  She seems honest, but not mean, in her opinions and reads quite a lot, it would seem.  I see in her #kidlitchat on Twitter often.
#2 - August 06, 2011, 01:09 PM

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I found this site through google alerts when she reviewed my book. She spends a lot of time at it and writes long, thoughtful reviews.

http://ftbotbblog.blogspot.com/
#3 - August 06, 2011, 05:24 PM
ICE DOGS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FALCON WILD, 2017, Charlesbridge
SLED DOG SCHOOL, 2017, HMH
SURVIVOR DIARIES, 2017, HMH
 
www.terrylynnjohnson.com

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What age?  There are a number of teen book bloggers out there...
#4 - August 06, 2011, 05:26 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
www.marissadoyle.com
www.nineteenteen.com

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Sorry, probably should've mentioned that!  From, say 9-15 (ish)?  Mostly looking for MG/YA-aged kids reviewing books for those same age groups.  So, I'm thinking that maybe 17 and up would be on the older end of the perspective pool....

The reason I'm asking is that I'm recommending some books for a 14-year-old boy for one of his summer reading books, and I wanted to give him a few sites (other than the more obvious ones with adult reviewers) where he could get the opinions of other kids (not grownups) on whether the books are good or not, and why.
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This one is Australian, but seems like the sort of site you are after:
http://www.yara-online.org/
#6 - August 06, 2011, 11:55 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

www.juliemurphybooks.com

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I've put up a page on my website where my son recommends books he's liked -- he's only 9, however.  Here's the site, if you're interested:

http://robinreadsnwrites.com/book-reviews/ds-middle-grade-boy-book-recs/
#7 - August 07, 2011, 01:46 PM
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Unspun: A Collection of Tattered Fairy Tales: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BSR6CPJ/
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These are great!  Thanks everybody!  :thankyou
#8 - August 07, 2011, 01:56 PM

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Here's a site made by a 5th-grade girl who writes smart, short, kid-friendly book reviews. Lots of Newbery books and classic MG. (She conducts her own mock Newbery.) It might be on the younger end of the range you're looking for, but there's a huge backlist of reviews right on the main page, so if he's looking for a specific book, he can easily search.

http://lauramitolife.blogspot.com/

You sound like a great teacher - what a neat idea to send him to sites with kid reviews!  :)
#9 - August 07, 2011, 03:55 PM

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