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Ghosts Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Four: A Divergent Collection Book Poster Image
age 11+
Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.
By Veronica Roth
(2014)
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Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro.
By Brandon Mull
(2013)
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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
By Kazu Kibuishi
(2008)
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Hex Hall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Enchanting book about witty teen witch at reform school.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
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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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How to Train Your Dragon: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging story is great for reluctant readers.
By Cressida Cowell
(2004)
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Inkdeath: Inkheart Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Trilogy conclusion satisfies; not as dark as previous book.
By Cornelia Funke
(2008)
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Igraine the Brave Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lighthearted, mild fantasy is giant tween fun.
By Cornelia Funke
(2007)
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Midnight for Charlie Bone: Children of the Red King, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mild but enjoyable fantasy good for middle grades.
By Jenny Nimmo
(2006)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(1950)
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Inkspell: Inkheart Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Overlong but often exciting sequel, darker than first book.
By Cornelia Funke
(2005)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Poster Image
age 8+
Potter sequel is a creature-packed page-turner.
By J. K. Rowling
(1999)
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(1998)
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Dragon Rider Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Dragon tale is great for bedtime read-aloud.
By Cornelia Funke
(2004)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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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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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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