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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
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The Peculiar Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Half-faery boy fights to save his sister in magical fantasy.
By Stefan Bachmann
(2012)
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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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Return to the Willows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Rollicking sequel delightfully true to classic original.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2012)
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Case File 13: Zombie Kid Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror tale has light scares and lots of body humor.
By J. Scott Savage
(2012)
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Joshua Dread Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2012)
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Cardboard Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Fantastic action-meets-existentialism graphic novel.
By Doug Tennapel
(2012)
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The Slither Sisters: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy comedy for young boys riffs on horror cliches.
By Charles Gilman
(2013)
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Teacher's Pest: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bug-monsters offer light horror hijinks in third volume.
By Charles Gilman
(2013)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2005)
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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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The Witch's Curse Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brother and sister dodge more evil in funny, scary sequel.
By Keith McGowan
(2013)
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The Strangers: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Spooky installment just right for tween Halloween.
By Jacqueline West
(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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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book Poster Image
age 9+
Goofy horror/action comedy has serious underpinnings.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2013)
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Over the Wall Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl searches for brother in exciting fantasy graphic novel.
By Peter Wartman
(2013)
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Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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Battle of the Beasts: House of Secrets, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Series sequel stays exciting and high on action-violence.
By Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
(2014)
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