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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
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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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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling tale of family facing racism in '30s Mississippi.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
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Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code Book Poster Image
age 11+
High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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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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My Brother Sam Is Dead Book Poster Image
age 11+
Great novel about the American Revolution for older kids.
By James Lincoln Collier
(1974)
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Math for Smarty Pants Book Poster Image
age 11+
Solid lessons packaged as jokes and games.
By Marilyn Burns
(1982)
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Buried Blueprints: Maps and Sketches of Lost Worlds and Mysterious Places Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fanciful background on legendary places.
By Albert Lorenz
(1999)
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All-American Girl Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marred by a pat ending, but an enjoyable romp.
By Meg Cabot
(2003)
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Across Five Aprils Book Poster Image
age 11+
This historical tale is captivating and memorable.
By Irene Hunt
(1964)
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All That Remains Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Three novellas tell of teens dealing with death.
By Bruce Brooks
(2004)
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Olive's Ocean Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
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Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers Book Poster Image
age 11+
An earnest group biography leavened with humor.
By Jean Fritz
(1994)
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Milkweed Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
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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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Jumping Off to Freedom Book Poster Image
age 11+
Harrowing journey of family fleeing Cuba on a raft.
By Anilu Bernardo
(1996)
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Step by Wicked Step: A Novel Book Poster Image
age 11+
Honest portrayal will appeal to kids.
By Anne Fine
(1996)
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Stonewall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Positive portrayal of Stonewall Jackson.
By Jean Fritz
(2000)
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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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