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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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The Slave Dancer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moderately graphic depiction of the slave trade.
By Paula Fox
(2004)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
A preacher's son stands up to a racist town.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2005)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Cay Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Powerful shipwreck story has anti-racism message.
By Theodore Taylor
(1987)
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Nim's Island Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Lighthearted, satisfying survival story.
By Wendy Orr
(2001)
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Book Poster Image
age 9+
Attention to detail makes adventure satisfying.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(1977)
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The Gardener Book Poster Image
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age 4+
A tale of hope to treasure.
By Sarah Stewart
(1997)
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Hatchet Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(1987)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1995)
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Ghosts I Have Been Book Poster Image
age 9+
Peck combines shivery horror with slapstick humor.
By Richard Peck
(1977)
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Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
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age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
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North to Freedom Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hard to put down, and harder to forget.
By Anne Holm
(1969)
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Morning Girl Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Lyrical historical fiction with a knockout punch.
By Michael Dorris
(1992)
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Holes Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Funny, moving tale has an edge kids love.
By Louis Sachar
(2000)
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Number the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring tale of girl who smuggles Jews to safety in WWII.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara Book Poster Image
age 5+
Small treasure explores Irish famine, emigration.
By Elvira Woodruff
(2006)
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