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Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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Holes Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2000)
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)
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The Wee Free Men Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Delightful but too violent for young kids.
By Terry Pratchett
(2003)
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Ender's Game Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Poster Image
age 12+
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2000)
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The Little Prince Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1943)
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Poster Image
age 10+
Rowling mixes up a more intense brew in fifth book.
By J. K. Rowling
(2003)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Poster Image
age 12+
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fantasy series' excellent conclusion ups the violence.
By Rick Riordan
(2009)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
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age 10+
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(1883)
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Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Sequel just as gripping -- and brutal -- as the first.
By Suzanne Collins
(2009)
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Leviathan Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2009)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Still one of the greatest American novels.
By Mark Twain
(1885)
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