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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1962)
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The Arrival Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
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The Little Mermaid and Other Stories by H. C. Andersen App Poster Image
age 9+
Gorgeous interactive tales are darker than Disney versions.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Book Poster Image
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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Malcolm at Midnight Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting story of misunderstood rat who becomes a hero.
By W.H. Beck
(2012)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(2012)
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Joshua Dread Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2012)
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Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Second book in popular series is even more spine-tingling.
By Jacqueline West
(2011)
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The Ability Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliant, thrilling story of kids training in mind control.
By M.M. Vaughan
(2013)
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The Witch's Curse Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brother and sister dodge more evil in funny, scary sequel.
By Keith McGowan
(2013)
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Sidekicked Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Smart coming-of-age tale costumed as superhero adventure.
By John David Anderson
(2013)
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The Boy on the Porch Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wonderful story of mute boy mysteriously left on farm.
By Sharon Creech
(2013)
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The Whatnot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Half-faery siblings face cosmic battle in exciting sequel.
By Stefan Bachmann
(2013)
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The Real Boy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Shy boy fights monsters, makes friend in powerful fantasy.
By Anne Ursu
(2013)
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"When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
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