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Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
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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 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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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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Summer of the Gypsy Moths Book Poster Image
age 10+
Captivating story of resilient girls has some dark moments.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2012)
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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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Keeping Safe the Stars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gripping story of three sibs fending for themselves in 1974.
By Sheila O'Connor
(2012)
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Drama Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
age 10+
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
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Twerp Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Poignant middle school novel has great humor and depth.
By Mark Goldblatt
(2013)
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The Saturday Boy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Tough but warmhearted story of boy who misses dad at war.
By David Fleming
(2013)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
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Sure Signs of Crazy Book Poster Image
age 10+
Unforgettable story of girl moving beyond her tragic past.
By Karen Harrington
(2013)
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Book Poster Image
age 14+
Tale of dying teen is full of embarrassing comic moments.
By Jesse Andrews
(2012)
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Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You Book Poster Image
age 14+
Authentic look at suicide, cutting, bullying, friendship.
By Joyce Carol Oates
(2012)
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Ask the Passengers Book Poster Image
age 14+
Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)
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It's Kind of a Funny Story Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brilliant, edgy story about suicide best for mature teens.
By Ned Vizzini
(2006)
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Thousand Words Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Cautionary tale about teen girl whose nude pic goes viral.
By Jennifer Brown
(2013)
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Kindness for Weakness Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gritty story about a boy growing up fast in prison.
By Shawn Goodman
(2013)
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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong Book Poster Image
age 14+
Angsty tale of Chinese-American teen questioning his roots.
By L. Tam Holland
(2013)
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