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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Skellig Book Poster Image
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age 11+
This gorgeously weird novel captivates readers.
By David Almond
(1998)
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Slaughterhouse-Five Book Poster Image
age 15+
Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
By Kurt Vonnegut
(1969)
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The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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Hatchet Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(1987)
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Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful story of 1930s Dust Bowl families.
By Jerry Stanley
(1992)
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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thoughtful, moving biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
By Russell Freedman
(1993)
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Lincoln: A Photobiography Book Poster Image
age 11+
Illustrates Lincoln's depth as a man and a leader.
By Russell Freedman
(1972)
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Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
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age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
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The View From Saturday Book Poster Image
age 11+
Brilliant but complex novel for older kids.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(1996)
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Tunes for Bears to Dance To Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling, simple story with an emotional wallop.
By Robert Cormier
(1992)
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Harry Sue Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Offbeat, gritty story with heart. OK for older tweens.
By Sue Stauffacher
(2005)
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Operation Red Jericho: The Guild of Specialists, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Top-notch, rip-roaring adventure with fantasy violence.
By Joshua Mowll
(2005)
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
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Watership Down Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Thinking person's bunny story will appeal to kids.
By Richard Adams
(1972)
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Little Brother Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Exciting, provocative dystopian novel will make teens think.
By Cory Doctorow
(2008)
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Copper Sun Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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Lips Touch Three Times Book Poster Image
age 15+
Wildly inventive, wonderful fairy tales for mature teens.
By Laini Taylor
(2009)
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Purple Heart Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful, heartbreaking tale of young soldiers in Iraq.
By Patricia McCormick
(2009)
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