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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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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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Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Enthralling, gritty, classic dragon trilogy.
By Jane Yolen
(1982)
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MuggleNet.com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Popular Potter site fans the Hallows hype.
By Ben Schoen, Andy Gordon, Emerson Spartz, Gretchen Stull, Jamie Lawrence
(2006)
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Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance Book Poster Image
age 10+
History, adventure, and women's rights for 10+.
By Marthe Jocelyn
(2007)
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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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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 Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
age 10+
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
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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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Hoot Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(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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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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Flora Segunda Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Mild fantasy doesn't quite know where it's going.
By Ysabeau S. Wilce
(2007)
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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 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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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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Artemis Fowl Book 5: The Lost Colony Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fifth in series is less edgy, but still exciting.
By Eoin Colfer
(2006)
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The Various Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Lyrical, exciting intro to violent fantasy beings.
By Steve Augarde
(2005)
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Vasco, Leader of the Tribe Book Poster Image
age 10+
Tale of rodent bravery has intense fight scenes.
By Anne-Laure Bondoux
(2007)
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The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World Book Poster Image
age 10+
Brilliant writing for brilliant kids.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2007)
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