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The Caldera: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Slow start builds to exciting with pirates and a volcano.
By John Flanagan
(2017)
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The Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Doomsday-thwarting excitement in a banana-yellow ship.
By Rick Riordan
(2017)
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Frogkisser! Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Bold princess gets a silly nickname in fun questing tale.
By Garth Nix
(2017)
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Heartless Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.
By Marissa Meyer
(2016)
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What Light Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Charming, sweet, but bland holiday romance.
By Jay Asher
(2016)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2016)
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No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II Book Poster Image
age 10+
Remarkable account of dog and radar man in POW camp.
By Robert Weintraub
(2016)
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Raymie Nightingale Book Poster Image
age 10+
Tragedy, triumph, and wisdom in funny, heartfelt tween tale.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2016)
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When Mischief Came to Town Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl shakes up Danish island in heartfelt outsider tale.
By Katrina Nannestad
(2016)
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The Marvels Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Epic saga of theater family, told mostly in pictures.
By Brian Selznick
(2015)
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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Callie gets into science and scrapes in strong sequel.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2015)
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Hopper's Destiny: Mouseheart, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Mouse vs. cats, humans in heroic, gory rodent saga sequel.
By Lisa Fiedler
(2015)
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Invisible Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
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K-9: Knightley & Son, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Less quirky, darker, more absorbing mystery sequel.
By Rohan Gavin
(2015)
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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Book Poster Image
age 12+
Tragic Sabriel prequel slow to start but worth the wait.
By Garth Nix
(2014)
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The Dogs of Winter Book Poster Image
age 10+
Harrowing but uplifting story of orphan saved by dogs.
By Bobbie Pyron
(2014)
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Island of Legends: The Unwanteds, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Moral dilemmas abound in thrilling, imaginative sequel.
By Lisa McMann
(2014)
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The Shadow Hero Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Exciting take on a forgotten Asian-American superhero.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2014)
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Mouseheart Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gripping, gory mouse adventure may be too dark for some.
By Lisa Fiedler
(2014)
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The Last Wild Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Brave kids, animals team up in funny, scary, sweet sci-fi.
By Piers Torday
(2014)
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