Sure-Fire Picks for Your Mother-Daughter Book Club

Reading books together is a great way to connect with your kid, and a mother-daughter book club is one way to make it happen (although we think dads, sons, and other family members can get in on the fun too). We've selected books for kids age 8 to 14 that have enthralled readers in book clubs and classrooms and when reading for pleasure at home -- all bound to spark interesting, thoughtful discussions. Choices range from family stories, memoirs, offbeat romance, science fiction, and fantasy to classics and historical fiction (parents, that's where you can help with context and language). Find a title that suits your kid's age, reading level, and interest, and then dive in together! And for more picks to spark great conversations, check out these other Book Club Picks for Kids.

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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)
(2017)
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
(2012)
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Book Poster Image
Girl works to clear her father of a crime in smart tale.
By Janae Marks
(2020)
(2020)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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May B. Book Poster Image
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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The Parker Inheritance Book Poster Image
Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery.
By Varian Johnson
(2018)
(2018)
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Stef Soto, Taco Queen Book Poster Image
Warm, funny tale of family, tacos, and middle school.
By Jennifer Torres
(2017)
(2017)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2003)
(2004)
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Wishtree Book Poster Image
Moving, gentle friendship story tackles anti-Muslim bigotry.
By Katherine Applegate
(2017)
(2017)
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Anne of Green Gables Book Poster Image
Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.
By L.M. Montgomery
(2011)
(1908)
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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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Front Desk, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Immigrant kid tackles racism, bullying in powerful tale.
By Kelly Yang
(2019)
(2018)
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Merci Suarez Changes Gears Book Poster Image
Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.
By Meg Medina
(2018)
(2018)
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The Mighty Miss Malone Book Poster Image
Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
(2012)
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The Secret Garden Book Poster Image
Classic novel inspires love of nature.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(2004)
(1911)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2014)
(2015)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
(2009)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
(2014)
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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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The Princess Bride Book Poster Image
Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.
By William Goldman
(2006)
(1973)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
(2007)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Poster Image
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
(1947)
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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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Almost American Girl Book Poster Image
Tender graphic memoir of Korean teen's immigrant experience.
By Robin Ha
(2020)
(2020)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
(2011)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
(2006)
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The Poet X Book Poster Image
Powerful, haunting story of finding your voice and power.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2018)
(2018)
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The Scorpio Races Book Poster Image
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
(2011)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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Dumplin' Book Poster Image
Smart, funny, body-positive coming-of-age story.
By Julie Murphy
(2015)
(2015)
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Poster Image
Empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story.
By Erika L. Sanchez
(2017)
(2017)
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Pride and Prejudice Book Poster Image
Masterpiece of romance and manners entertains at any age.
By Jane Austen
(2010)
(1813)
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Unbecoming Book Poster Image
Family secrets, mature themes in thoughtful drama.
By Jenny Downham
(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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