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Hawksmaid: the Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Book Poster Image
age 11+
Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2010)
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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Popular fantasy series has lots of plots to keep track of.
By Michael Scott
(2010)
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The Dreamer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Lyrical, ficionalized biography of famed poet Pablo Neruda.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2010)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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This Is Me from Now On Book Poster Image
age 11+
Honest book about friendships and finding yourself.
By Barbara Dee
(2010)
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Fat Cat Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Girl-geek makeover tale with a great healthy eating message.
By Robin Brande
(2009)
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The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2006)
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Dreamdark Series Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Exciting faerie series with a fantastic tomboy heroine.
By Laini Taylor
(2007)
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Betsy and the Emperor Book Poster Image
age 11+
Historical fluff has teen and Napoleon as unlikely friends.
By Staton Rabin
(2006)
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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President Book Poster Image
age 11+
Daily Show producer delivers pranks and yuks.
By Josh Lieb
(2009)
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Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Series Book Poster Image
age 11+
Vampire horror series may hook reluctant readers.
By Darren Shan
(2004)
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Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gamers may like sci-fi series launch with fantasy violence.
By Dena K. Salmon
(2008)
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Skeleton Creek Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Book/online-video hybrid is creepy fun.
By Patrick Carman
(2009)
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The Way of the Warrior: Young Samurai, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
British boy becomes samurai; exciting but violent.
By Chris Bradford
(2009)
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Weedflower Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
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Ways to Live Forever Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
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Bones of Faerie Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Intriguing combination of magic and apocalypse.
By Janni Lee Simner
(2009)
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Book Poster Image
age 11+
Cuban independence in informative but flat poetry.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
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Nation Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Philosophical survival story with a bit of humor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2008)
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Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
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