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A Place to Belong Book Poster Image
age 11+
Emotional post-WWII story promotes compassion, perseverance.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2019)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
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Bright We Burn: And I Darken, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Mature, bloody trilogy meets an absorbing, satisfying end.
By Kiersten White
(2018)
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The Breadwinner, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harsh but hopeful story about brave girl defying Taliban.
By Deborah Ellis
(2017)
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Now I Rise: And I Darken, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Bloodier, sexier, and more absorbing than the first.
By Kiersten White
(2017)
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Refugee Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
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The Underground Railroad Book Poster Image
age 15+
Riveting, thought-provoking, brutal runaway slave story.
By Colson Whitehead
(2016)
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The Things They Carried Book Poster Image
age 15+
Vet's stunning, devastating Vietnam War stories; a classic.
By Tim O'Brien
(1990)
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The Red Badge of Courage Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.
By Stephen Crane
(1895)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2015)
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Lair of Dreams: The Diviners, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Engrossing sequel in supernatural series set in '20s NYC.
By Libba Bray
(2015)
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Echo Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
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Storm Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Teen Ark stowaway tale rife with sexual tension, ape sex.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2014)
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A Long Walk to Water Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.
By Linda Sue Park
(2010)
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Belle Epoque Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.
By Elizabeth Ross
(2013)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
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Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
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Code Name Verity Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
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The Grapes of Wrath Book Poster Image
age 15+
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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