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The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Old-fashioned romantic swashbuckler a riveting classic.
By Baroness Orczy
(1905)
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The Hired Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Absorbing tale of feisty, sweet teen will hook girls.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2015)
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All American Boys Book Poster Image
age 12+
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
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Orbiting Jupiter Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Devastating, deeply moving story of love and resilience.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2015)
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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2015)
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Calvin Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Quirky, compelling tale of schizophrenic teen on quest.
By Martine Leavitt
(2015)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Book Poster Image
age 12+
Ballerina's frank, inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.
By Michaela DePrince
(2014)
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My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful, intense tale of slave life near end of Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
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The Boy in the Black Suit Book Poster Image
age 12+
Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2015)
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Calamity: The Reckoners, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Explosive finale for action-packed superhero saga.
By Brandon Sanderson
(2016)
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The Lie Tree Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Exciting, twisty mystery stars clever Victorian teen sleuth.
By Frances Hardinge
(2016)
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The Crimson Skew: The Mapmaker's Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Fabulous end to complex trilogy includes antiwar message.
By S. E. Grove
(2016)
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March: Book Three Book Poster Image
age 12+
Uplifting finale to terrific series reveals tragic violence.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
(2016)
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Tales of the Peculiar Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gore, sweetness in kids' tales from Miss Peregrine's world.
By Ransom Riggs
(2016)
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In The Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Book Poster Image
age 12+
Incredible history of five slaves of the Founding Fathers.
By Kenneth C. Davis
(2016)
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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful true tale of mixed-race couple's fight for justice.
By Patricia Hruby Powell
(2017)
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Goldenhand: Old Kingdom, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting entry in magic series brings back fave characters.
By Garth Nix
(2016)
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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
age 12+
Unforgettable true story of boy sent to death camp at age 4.
By Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
(2017)
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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Book Poster Image
age 12+
Riveting story of art, mental illness, brotherly devotion.
By Deborah Heiligman
(2017)
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