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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 Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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King Matt the First Book Poster Image
age 10+
Boy king tries to give kids same rights as adults.
By Janusz Korczak
(2004)
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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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Whirligig Book Poster Image
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age 10+
A car crash ends one life and begins another.
By Paul Fleischman
(1998)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
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Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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The Wee Free Men Book Poster Image
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Delightful but too violent for young kids.
By Terry Pratchett
(2003)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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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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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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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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Steinbeck's Ghost Book Poster Image
age 10+
A rare treat for young book lovers.
By Lewis Buzbee
(2008)
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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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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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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach Book Poster Image
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Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
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Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
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