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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Origami Yoda, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2010)
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Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Book Poster Image
age 9+
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2012)
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The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children Book Poster Image
age 9+
Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
By Keith McGowan
(2009)
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict Book Poster Image
age 9+
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(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 Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
By Jacqueline West
(2010)
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The Lily Pond Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Emotional story of Jewish refugee children continues.
By Annika Thor
(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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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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Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2011)
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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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Rango Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Blubber Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
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The Blue Elephant Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Uplifting tale of courageous elephant is heavy on peril.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2010)
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The Karate Kid (2010) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Remake has new stars, new country, but same winning spirit.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Tommy and the Cool Mule Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Feel-good talking mule movie deals with parental loss.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
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Eleven Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant tale of dyslexic boy seeking clues to his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
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