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Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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Heat Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Engaging story about a pitching prodigy.
By Mike Lupica
(2006)
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Book Poster Image
age 9+
Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.
By Kadir Nelson
(2008)
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Baseball Great Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Clunky but taut story of Little League steroids.
By Tim Green
(2009)
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Hothead Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hit book teams baseball with lessons on character.
By Cal Ripken, Jr.
(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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Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(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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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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"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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Lion: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting saga of magic, martial arts, bike racing continues.
By Jeff Stone
(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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Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fluffy addition to tween series spotlights reality TV.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
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The Eighth Day Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Fun, exciting twist on the King Arthur legend.
By Dianne K. Salerni
(2014)
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Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fairy tale twist adds to the fun in popular series.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
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365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wise words to live by cleverly packed in a "Wonder" package.
By R.J. Palacio
(2014)
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The Inquisitor's Mark: The Eighth Day, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Family rivalries get complex, but sequel still excites.
By Dianne K. Salerni
(2015)
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Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck Book Poster Image
age 9+
Rafe goes back to Hills Middle School in fun seventh book.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)
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