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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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Wishtree Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Moving, gentle friendship story tackles anti-Muslim bigotry.
By Katherine Applegate
(2017)
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The Wild Robot Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Robot vs. wilderness in poignant survival tale.
By Peter Brown
(2016)
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Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.
By Robert Beatty
(2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book Poster Image
age 8+
Extra helping of potty humor in 8th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2013)
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The School for Good and Evil, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fractured fairy tale has plenty of twists for fantasy fans.
By Soman Chainani
(2013)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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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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The One and Only Ivan Book Poster Image
age 8+
Heartwarming story of a heroic, artistic, captive gorilla.
By Katherine Applegate
(2012)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Book Poster Image
age 8+
Snowstorm tale lacks some punch but stays funny in 6th book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2011)
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The Phantom Tollbooth Book Poster Image
age 8+
Trip to enchanted world excites learning in kids' classic.
By Norton Juster
(1961)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
age 8+
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(1900)
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thrilling, thoughtful Narnian quest.
By C.S. Lewis
(1952)
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The Magician's Elephant Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical, inspirational story perfect for reading aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2009)
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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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Miles to Go Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Miley shares her life "so far." Fluffy, but fun for fans.
By Miley Cyrus, Hilary Liftin
(2009)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Book Poster Image
age 8+
More funny antics, clueless behavior in 3rd installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2009)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Book Poster Image
age 8+
Big dose of sibling rivalry in very funny 2nd book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2008)
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No Talking Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Ear-to-ear-grinningly delightful school story.
By Andrew Clements
(2007)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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