2-Star Rating

Not Recommended

These books are not the worst. But they all have fundamental problems of quality or worldview.

Mostly they're still on our website because they've won awards or are part of curriculum lists. Some of them, like The Kingdom Series, are not books we'd personally recommend, but we're not morally opposed to carrying them. Plenty of people have enjoyed some of these books, and that's fine. But, in our honest opinion, you're better off reading something else.

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Baboushka and the Three Kings
by Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov (Illustrator)
from Houghton Mifflin
Word Books for Preschool-2nd grade
1961 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
from HarperCollins
Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
1978 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.94
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
First Ed from HarperCollins
Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
1978 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$8.50 (3 in stock)
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
from Yearling
Realistic Fiction for 4th-6th grade
2000 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$7.64 $4.25 (1 in stock)
Egypt Game
by Alton Raible, Zilpha Keatley Snyder
from Atheneum
for 3rd-6th grade
1968 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$7.64
Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
by Paul Goble
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Native American Legends for Kindergarten-2nd grade
1979 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Golem
by David Wisniewski
Reprint from HMH Books for Young Readers
for 7th-9th grade
1997 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Grey King
Dark Is Rising Sequence #4
by Susan Cooper
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Fantasy for 4th-7th grade
1976 Newbery Medal winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.79
Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 5th-9th grade
1985 Newbery Medal Winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.94
Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
from ACE Publishing
for 5th-9th grade
1985 Newbery Medal Winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
Hey, Al
by Arthur Yorinks
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
1987 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.83 (1 in stock)
Inheritance Cycle - Hardcover set
by Christopher Paolini
from Random House
for 8th-12th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Kingdom Series
by Chuck Black
from Multnomah Books
Fantasy for 5th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
1993 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.94
One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 3rd-7th grade
2013 Newbery Award Winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-7th grade
2013 Newbery Award Winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
02nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for Preschool-2nd grade
1986 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$16.00
Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
from Houghton Mifflin
for Preschool-2nd grade
1986 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$16.00
Prophet of Yonwood
Book of Ember #3
by Jeanne DuPrau
Reprint from Yearling
for 4th-7th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
$6.79
Smoky Night
by Eve Bunting
Reprint from HMH Books for Young Readers
1995 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 5th-8th grade
1922 Newbery Medal winner
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
from Yesterday's Classics
for 5th-8th grade
1922 Newbery Medal winner
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Summer of the Swans
by Betsy Byars
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
1971 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$6.79 $3.40 (2 in stock)
The Shack
by William P. Young
1st edition from Windblown Media
for Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
First Edition from Candlewick Press
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
2013 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$8.50 (1 in stock)