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The City of Ember Book Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
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Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day Book Poster Image
age 8+
Cabot for tweens introduces a spunky heroine.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl Book Poster Image
age 8+
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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Big Nate Goes for Broke: Big Nate, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Creative underdogs win big in fun comic novel.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2012)
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Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun story shows that inclusion is better than exclusion.
By Stephanie Barden
(2012)
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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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Earthling! Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Wacky space adventure for sci-fi comics fans.
By Mark Fearing
(2012)
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Prairie Evers Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
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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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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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About Average Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring story of sixth grader solving her bully problem.
By Andrew Clements
(2012)
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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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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Book Poster Image
age 8+
Orange tree draws a neighborhood together in unique story.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2011)
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
age 8+
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
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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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Always October Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Scary, fast-paced monster tale lacks character development.
By Bruce Coville
(2012)
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Gustav Gloom and the People Taker Book Poster Image
age 8+
Humorously spooky tale of making new, weird friends.
By Adam-Troy Castro
(2012)
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Survivors: The Empty City Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting start to dog fantasy series.
By Erin Hunter
(2012)
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The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adaptation of sci-fi favorite a little murky visually.
By Jeanne DuPrau, Dallas Middaugh
(2012)
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