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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Book Poster Image
age 11+
Comic's engaging memoir of growing up under Apartheid.
By Trevor Noah
(2019)
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Charlie Hernández & The League of Shadows Book Poster Image
age 11+
Kids fight folklore beings in adventure with lots of chills.
By Ryan Calejo
(2018)
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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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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting prison drama returns with focus on family, freedom.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2018)
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March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine Book Poster Image
age 11+
Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South.
By Melba Pattillo Beals
(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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Out from Boneville: Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Now-classic comics saga gets off to a rousing start.
By Jeff Smith
(2005)
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The Empty Grave: Lockwood & Co., Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Rousing finale to scary ghost series sure to satisfy fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2017)
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The Secret of Danger Point: Surfside Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sunny summer mystery has a touch of the supernatural.
By Kim Dwinell
(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 Last Spell: The Thickety, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling conclusion to teen witch saga ends in epic battle.
By J.A. White
(2017)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Book Poster Image
age 11+
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
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Alex & Eliza:  A Love Story Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fun imagined tale of Alexander Hamilton's sweet romance.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2017)
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Well of Witches: The Thickety, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Strong empathy messages in exciting, scary teen witch tale.
By J.A. White
(2017)
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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging profiles of 40 amazing women in 31 countries.
By Kate Schatz
(2016)
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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Book Poster Image
age 17+
Grim, brutal true story of teen assassins.
By Dan Slater
(2016)
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The Creeping Shadow: Lockwood & Co., Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Consistently great ghost series keeps the scares coming.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2016)
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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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A Song of Fire and Ice (A Game of Thrones) Series Book Poster Image
age 17+
Dark, violent epic upends the usual fantasy clichés.
By George R.R. Martin
(1996)
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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye Book Poster Image
age 11+
Illustrated witchy, monstery tale offers goofy/creepy fun.
By Tania Del Rio
(2015)
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