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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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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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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling tale of family facing racism in '30s Mississippi.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
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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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Johnny Tremain Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
By Esther Forbes
(1943)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
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Curses! Foiled Again Book Poster Image
age 11+
Teen girl defends Faerie in lively graphic novel sequel.
By Jane Yolen
(2013)
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Hammer of Witches Book Poster Image
age 11+
Fairy-tale creatures come to life in so-so swashbuckler.
By Shana Mlawski
(2013)
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Belle Epoque Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.
By Elizabeth Ross
(2013)
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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant Book Poster Image
age 11+
Delightful romp has swashbuckling action, powerful female.
By Tony Cliff
(2013)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
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The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling, brilliant witch tale is vividly violent, scary.
By J.A. White
(2014)
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The Finisher Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hunger Games, Potter fans will enjoy exciting fantasy.
By David Baldacci
(2014)
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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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A Long Walk to Water Book Poster Image
age 11+
Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.
By Linda Sue Park
(2010)
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Echo Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
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The Whispering Trees: The Thickety, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Creepy sequel has violent clashes, ethical dilemmas.
By J.A. White
(2015)
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Tarzan of the Apes Book Poster Image
age 11+
Original ape-man tale more violent, racist than the films.
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
(1912)
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