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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.
By Betty Smith
(1943)
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The Pigman Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teens grasp impact of their hurtfulness in emotional novel.
By Paul Zindel
(1968)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
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age 12+
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2013)
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What Happened to Goodbye Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thoughtful look at teen finding self after parents' divorce.
By Sarah Dessen
(2011)
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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
(2006)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Still one of the greatest American novels.
By Mark Twain
(1885)
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Bounce Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Satisfying coming-of-age read.
By Natasha Friend
(2007)
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Jinx Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Witchy fun for Cabot fans. OK but not magical.
By Meg Cabot
(2007)
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Evil Genius Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Complex tale of a criminal prodigy is engrossing but dark.
By Catherine Jinks
(2007)
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Shark Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Introspective look at a teen's road to recovery.
By Kelly Bingham
(2007)
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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood Book Poster Image
age 12+
More girl self-discovery in teen series' third.
By Ann Brashares
(2005)
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How to be Popular Book Poster Image
age 12+
Predictable book with a positive point; tweens OK.
By Meg Cabot
(2006)
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp Book Poster Image
age 12+
Likable loser tries to save world in action-packed novel.
By Rick Yancey
(2006)
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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Julie of the Wolves Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thought-provoking saga of Inuit girl adopted by wolf pack.
By Jean Craighead George
(1972)
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