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The Lily Pond Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Emotional story of Jewish refugee children continues.
By Annika Thor
(2011)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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P.S. Be Eleven Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
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Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker Book Poster Image
age 9+
Graphic novel is funny but light on content, long on drama.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2013)
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"When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
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The Magician's Bird: A Tuckernuck Mystery, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny tween-sleuths mystery more complex than first.
By Emily Fairlie
(2013)
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File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun, clever mini-mysteries let readers play detective.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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"Shouldn't You Be in School?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket trails an arsonist in compelling installment.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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The Copernicus Legacy, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slapdash mystery misses potential.
By Tony Abbott
(2014)
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Book Scavenger Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.
By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
(2015)
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"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Friends, villain clash on speeding train in gripping finale.
By Lemony Snicket
(2015)
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Jacky Ha-Ha Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Warm, funny tale of middle school joker finding her groove.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
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The Best Man Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Witty, sweet story of boy figuring out school, family, love.
By Richard Peck
(2016)
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The Secret Keepers Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slow-building, clever mystery with invisibility and traps.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2016)
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Finding Perfect Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hopeful story of likeable tween's struggle with OCD.
By Elly Swartz
(2016)
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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.
By Ridley Pearson
(2016)
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Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun, lively tale of 12-year-old girl's cool summer.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2017)
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Winterhouse Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Perfectly set bookish mystery with some spooky stuff.
By Ben Guterson
(2018)
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The Downward Spiral: Lock and Key, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Moodier young Sherlock sequel is chock-full of secrets.
By Ridley Pearson
(2017)
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Merci Suarez Changes Gears Book Poster Image
age 9+
Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.
By Meg Medina
(2018)
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