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Half-Minute Horrors Book Poster Image
age 10+
Clever, scary collection with big-name authors.
By Susan Rich, Holly Black, Libba Bray, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Pseudonymous Bosch
(2009)
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Million-Dollar Throw Book Poster Image
age 10+
Another Lupica sensitive dad/son sports story.
By Mike Lupica
(2009)
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The Hunting, Book 1: Z. Rex Book Poster Image
age 10+
Action-adventure read for gamers with a Jurassic twist.
By Steve Cole
(2009)
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Sent: The Missing, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Intriguing premise, but too much exposition.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2009)
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This Means War Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Gentle look into gender roles; age-appropriate for tweens.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2010)
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2009)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Quiet story of independent girl has mature themes.
By Bodil Bredsdorff
(2009)
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The Storm in the Barn Book Poster Image
age 10+
Engrossing historical graphic novel with a fantasy twist.
By Matt Phelan
(2009)
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The Batboy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Conversation starter for kids who look up to pro athletes.
By Mike Lupica
(2010)
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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Mockingbird Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
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Moon Over Manifest Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl finds meaning of home in nostalgic, robust tale.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2010)
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Turtle in Paradise Book Poster Image
age 10+
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
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Heart of a Samurai Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
By Margi Preus
(2010)
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A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.
By Brandon Mull
(2011)
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The Trouble with May Amelia Book Poster Image
age 10+
Spunky heroine returns for less deep, more violent sequel.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2011)
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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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Small Acts of Amazing Courage Book Poster Image
age 10+
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
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