Book Club Picks for Kids

Looking for a book to jump-start discussion with your tweens and teens? Or something you could use for a kid-friendly book club choice? Then look no further -- this list is full of great titles to talk about. From inspiring true stories to award-winning classics, these must-read books are loved by kids as well as adults. Keep in mind that some of these stories have difficult themes or touch on sensitive issues, so you might want to check out our review for discussion questions before reading. For more recommendations, see our lists of Coming-of-Age Books and Books to Help Kids Understand the Immigrant Experience

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Book Poster Image
The blues and forgiveness fuel emotional family grief tale.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2017)
(2017)
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Escape from Aleppo Book Poster Image
Gripping, moving tale of Syrian teen fleeing war-torn city.
By N. H. Senzai
(2018)
(2018)
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The First Rule of Punk Book Poster Image
Creative Latina finds her voice and pride in spirited tale.
By Celia C. Pérez
(2018)
(2016)
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Bridge to Terabithia Book Poster Image
Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.
By Katherine Paterson
(2006)
(1977)
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The Only Road Book Poster Image
Harrowing, heartfelt tale of Central American teen refugees.
By Alexandra Diaz
(2016)
(2016)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(2003)
(1962)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
(2013)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2011)
(2000)
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How It Went Down Book Poster Image
Haunting look at killing of unarmed African American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2015)
(2014)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Poster Image
Relatable story of Iranian girl in U.S. who wants to fit in.
By Firoozeh Dumas
(2016)
(2016)
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Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
(2010)
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Out of My Mind Book Poster Image
Girl with cerebral palsy conquers challenges in moving tale.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2013)
(2010)
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Soul Surfer Book Poster Image
Inspirational story of life after a shark attack.
By Bethany Hamilton
(2011)
(2011)
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Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
(2011)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
(2008)
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A Long Walk to Water Book Poster Image
Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.
By Linda Sue Park
(2013)
(2010)
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March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine Book Poster Image
Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South.
By Melba Pattillo Beals
(2018)
(2018)
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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Book Poster Image
Little-known disaster gets overdue, in-depth treatment.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2014)
(2014)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
(2006)
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All American Boys Book Poster Image
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
(2015)
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All the Broken Pieces Book Poster Image
Tough but touching free verse book about war's scars.
By Ann E. Burg
(2010)
(2009)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Book Poster Image
Ballerina's frank, inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.
By Michaela DePrince
(2015)
(2014)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(2004)
(1960)
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The 57 Bus Book Poster Image
True story of teens' fateful encounter and its aftermath.
By Dashka Slater
(2017)
(2017)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2007)
(2006)
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Saints and Misfits Book Poster Image
Empowering tale of Muslim girl standing up to assaulter.
By S.K. Ali
(2017)
(2017)
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Asking for It Book Poster Image
Haunting, harrowing story of rape, consent, blame, shame.
By Louise O'Neill
(2016)
(2016)
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Black Boy Book Poster Image
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2011)
(2007)
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Challenger Deep Book Poster Image
Sensitive tale of teen's descent into mental illness.
By Neal Shusterman
(2015)
(2015)
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Dumplin' Book Poster Image
Smart, funny, plus-size coming-of-age story.
By Julie Murphy
(2015)
(2015)
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Every Day Book Poster Image
Inventive teen romance blurs notions of gender, reality.
By David Levithan
(2012)
(2012)
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Holding Up the Universe Book Poster Image
Insightful, inspiring romance full of surprises.
By Jennifer Niven
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Symptoms of Being Human Book Poster Image
Empathetic, empowering story of gender-fluid teen.
By Jeff Garvin
(2016)
(2016)
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What We Saw Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking story about consent and truth.
By Aaron Hartzler
(2015)
(2015)
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A Sense of the Infinite Book Poster Image
Gorgeously written, mature tale of teen's self-discovery.
By Hilary T. Smith
(2015)
(2015)
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