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The Great Fire Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Spellbinding account of disaster.
By Jim Murphy
(1995)
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sympathetic, realistic portrait of boy with ADHD.
By Jack Gantos
(1998)
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Ella Enchanted Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Highly imaginative twists on the Cinderella tale.
By Gail Carson Levine
(1997)
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Early Thunder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Teen boy chooses sides in dramatic Revolutionary War tale.
By Jean Fritz
(2000)
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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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Voyage of the Frog Book Poster Image
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Harrowing adventure good for reluctant readers.
By Gary Paulsen
(1989)
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Mick Harte Was Here Book Poster Image
age 11+
Difficult life-death questions are meant for discussion.
By Barbara Park
(1995)
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Stephen Biesty's Incredible Everything Book Poster Image
age 11+
Brief, commonsense explanations.
By Richard Platt
(1992)
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How Come? Planet Earth Book Poster Image
age 11+
Sometimes intriguing, sometimes unhelpful.
By Kathy Wollard
(1999)
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Tibet Through the Red Box Book Poster Image
age 11+
The meandering, dreamy story may limit its appeal.
By Peter Sis
(1998)
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The Enchanted Castle Book Poster Image
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Though dated, this still casts a potent spell.
By E. Nesbit
(1907)
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Alida's Song Book Poster Image
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Teen breaks through veneer of hurt and shyness.
By Gary Paulsen
(1999)
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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff Book Poster Image
age 11+
Funny and sensitive story of friendship.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1975)
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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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Bluish Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Fifth-grade girls learn tolerance and compassion.
By Virginia Hamilton
(1999)
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Molly's Fire Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A quirky story with hidden riches.
By Janet Lee Carey
(2000)
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Homecoming Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic novel of four brave children looking for a home.
By Cynthia Voigt
(1981)
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The Hero and the Crown Book Poster Image
age 11+
Teens love this mature, Newbery-winning fantasy.
By Robin McKinley
(1984)
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If You Only Knew Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Sensitive, frank portrayal of average 7th grader.
By Rachel Vail
(1998)
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I Have a Dream Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A treasured speech seen in a vibrant new light.
By Martin Luther King
(1997)
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