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Do-Over Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Great idea, weak execution for upper elementary.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2006)
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A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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The Princess Bride Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.
By William Goldman
(1973)
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Half-Moon Investigations Book Poster Image
age 10+
Clever detective fiction for middle-graders.
By Eoin Colfer
(2006)
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Gifts Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Slow but rich book of fantasy, feuds for tweens.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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The Merchant of Death: The Pendragon Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Stock story and characters, but still gripping.
By D. J. MacHale
(2006)
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I, Coriander Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Fairy tale with history, romance, for 10 up.
By Sally Gardner
(2006)
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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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Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
The epic saga continues -- and improves.
By Christopher Paolini
(2005)
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(1998)
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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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Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(1986)
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The Other Ones Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teen doesn't want magic powers -- hard to believe!
By Jean Thesman
(1999)
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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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The Pearl of Anton Book Poster Image
age 10+
Clumsy but exciting high fantasy.
By Gene Del Vecchio
(2004)
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A Hat Full of Sky Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel is strong, but slower than its predecessor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2004)
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The Prophecy of the Stones Book Poster Image
age 10+
Reads like what it is: a 14-year-old's writing.
By Flavia Bujor
(2004)
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The Wish List Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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The Tears of the Salamander Book Poster Image
age 10+
A dark, brilliant, and breathtaking surprise.
By Peter Dickinson
(2003)
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Never Trust a Dead Man Book Poster Image
age 10+
Classic mystery with a touch of magic, dark humor.
By Vivian Vande Velde
(2004)
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