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Coming-of-Age Books

Few kids' books are as powerful as stories about characters coming of age. Whether they're learning hard truths about loss and prejudice or finding out what it really means to grow up and be independent, the kids in these books are the kind of memorable characters your own children are sure to relate to.

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7
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Move over, Ramona -- here comes Clementine.
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By Sara Pennypacker
(2007)
AGE
8
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Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
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By Peter Johnson
(2014)
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8
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Delightful page-turner with rock-solid values.
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By Andrew Clements
(2005)
AGE
9
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Sweet coming-of-age story teaches empathy, kindness.
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By Kevin Henkes
(2011)
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9
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Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
AGE
10
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Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
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By Tim Federle
(2013)
AGE
10
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Brave misfit tames fears in inspiring, surprising novel.
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By Rebecca Stead
(2012)
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10
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Gripping story of three sibs fending for themselves in 1974.
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By Sheila O'Connor
(2012)
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10
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National Book Award winner imparts importance of empathy.
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By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
AGE
10
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Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
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By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
AGE
11
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Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
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By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
AGE
11
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Sympathetic, realistic portrait of boy with ADHD.
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By Jack Gantos
(2003)
AGE
11
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Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
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By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
AGE
12
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Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
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By Michael Williams
(2015)
AGE
12
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A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
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By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
AGE
12
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Popular series debut demonstrates good girl friendships.
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By Ann Brashares
(2003)
AGE
12
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Poignant story of race, identity, and doing the right thing.
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By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
AGE
12
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Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
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By Harper Lee
(2004)
AGE
13
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A poetic -- and classic -- coming-of-age story.
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By Sandra Cisneros
(2005)
AGE
14
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Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
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By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
AGE
14
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Orphan refugee finds new family in beautifully bizarre tale.
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By Andrew Smith
(2015)
AGE
13
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Challenging ideas, big issues buoy story of Harlem teen.
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By Walter Dean Myers
(2012)
AGE
14
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Orphan refugee finds new family in beautifully bizarre tale.
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By Andrew Smith
(2015)
AGE
14
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One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
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By J. D. Salinger
(2005)
AGE
14
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Heartwrenching love story told by teen dying of cancer.
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By John Green
(2012)
AGE
14
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Unforgettable story of a girl's 1,000-mile journey home.
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By David Arnold
(2015)
AGE
14
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Luminous story of pregnant teen's summer in Spain.
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By Beth Kephart
(2012)
AGE
15
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Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
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By Frank Portman
(2006)
AGE
16
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Controversial coming-of-age classic with sex, drugs, abuse.
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By Stephen Chbosky
(2011)

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