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Few kids' books are as powerful as stories about characters coming of age. Readers see kids like them -- or totally different from them -- grow, change, and learn things about themselves over the course of the book. Whether they're learning hard truths about loss and prejudice, dealing with challenging family circumstances, or finding out what it means to grow up and be independent, the kids in these books are memorable, their struggles relatable. To find more real-world stories, check out our Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School, Teen Romance Novels, and Books About Racism and Social Justice.