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Stargirl Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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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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Wringer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1997)
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Holes Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2000)
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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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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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Hattie Big Sky Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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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 Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2000)
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The Little Prince Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1943)
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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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The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fantasy series' excellent conclusion ups the violence.
By Rick Riordan
(2009)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
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age 10+
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(1883)
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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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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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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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Soul Surfer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Inspirational story of life after a shark attack.
By Bethany Hamilton
(2011)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
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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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