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Crenshaw Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
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The Penderwicks at Last Book Poster Image
age 8+
Charming, funny series finale comes full circle.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2018)
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Superfudge Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny, honest novel pokes fun at sibling rivalry.
By Judy Blume
(1980)
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Fudge-a-Mania Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny, realistic family takes Fudge on vacation.
By Judy Blume
(1990)
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Double Fudge Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Hilarious, willful Fudge meets his match.
By Judy Blume
(2002)
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The Year of Billy Miller Book Poster Image
age 8+
Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.
By Brenda Woods
(2014)
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The Penderwicks in Spring Book Poster Image
age 8+
Charming family series spotlights Batty in 4th volume.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2015)
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From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Book Poster Image
age 8+
Biracial heroine freshens up fun Princess Diaries spin-off.
By Meg Cabot
(2015)
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Just My Luck Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness.
By Cammie McGovern
(2016)
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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea Book Poster Image
age 8+
Dreamy, visual vacation unfolds in sweet beach tale.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2018)
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Riding Lessons: Ellen & Ned, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kind, horsey story spotlights adoption and empathy.
By Jane Smiley
(2018)
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Penelope Crumb Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.
By Shawn K. Stout
(2012)
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House of Robots, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mild story a winner for reluctant-reader robot fans.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2014)
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Robots Go Wild! House of Robots, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Good-vs.-bad robot antics will hook reluctant readers.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2015)
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Royal Wedding Disaster: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun return to fluffy, popular princess series.
By Meg Cabot
(2016)
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