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Catherine, Called Birdy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Spirited novel offers warts-and-all view of the Middle Ages.
By Karen Cushman
(1994)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
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The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini Book Poster Image
age 10+
Relatable, realistic story of a teen boy in a rough 'hood.
By Peter Johnson
(2012)
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Seizure: Virals, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Kids search for pirate treasure in adventurous sequel.
By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
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Pendragon series Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Entertaining but violent series weaves fantasy with history.
By D. J. MacHale
(2002)
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Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am Book Poster Image
age 13+
Intimate, intense tale of soldier healing from brain injury.
By Harry Mazer, Peter Lerangis
(2012)
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The Lions of Little Rock Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant story of a shy girl who speaks for social justice.
By Kristin Levine
(2012)
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The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark Book Poster Image
age 10+
Series-starting adventure shows a darker Magic Kingdom.
By Ridley Pearson
(2004)
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Never Let Me Go Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Gripping sci-fi paints teens' bleak, unforgettable world.
By Kazuo Ishiguro
(2006)
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The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy is back! And on a quest with Roman demigods.
By Rick Riordan
(2011)
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Smile Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2010)
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The Grimm Legacy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl tangles with magical objects in suspenseful fantasy.
By Polly Shulman
(2010)
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Surviving the Applewhites Book Poster Image
age 10+
Lighthearted tale of eccentric family's creative homeschool.
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(2002)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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Of Mice and Men Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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Walk Two Moons Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Dramatic, complex tale has rich characters, emotional depth.
By Sharon Creech
(1994)
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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period Book Poster Image
age 10+
Engrossing story of struggling to fit in at private school.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2007)
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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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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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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
age 13+
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)
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