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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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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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The Crossover Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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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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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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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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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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Mascot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
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Love Like Sky Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Moving story of girl adjusting to being in blended family.
By Leslie C. Youngblood
(2018)
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Good Enough Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Compelling, emotional look at tween's anorexia recovery.
By Jen Petro-Roy
(2019)
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The Simple Art of Flying Book Poster Image
age 9+
Odd, battered characters find one another in quirky tale.
By Cory Leonardo
(2019)
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My Jasper June Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Moving, relatable story of loss, life-changing friendship.
By Laurel Snyder
(2019)
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Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wry story of foster kids looks at tough and tender truths.
By Bridget Farr
(2019)
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Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
age 12+
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2011)
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The Year of the Beasts Book Poster Image
age 12+
Prose and comics mix in intense tale of sibling rivalry.
By Cecil Castellucci
(2012)
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The Lucy Variations Book Poster Image
age 12+
Rich teen piano prodigy manages pressure, older crushes.
By Sara Zarr
(2013)
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Sweet Valley High Series Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic series about twin teens is shallow but satisfying.
By Francine Pascal
(1984)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.
By Betty Smith
(1943)
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