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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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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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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 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 Reptile Room: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A clever, suspenseful mystery in series.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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The Wide Window: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
The least subtle book thus far in the series.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Warriors Series Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Cat clans mirror human issues in popular series.
By Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland
(2003)
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Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Poster Image
age 10+
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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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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War Horse Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving story of a horse and boy has anti-war message.
By Michael Morpurgo
(2007)
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My Side of the Mountain Book Poster Image
age 10+
Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
By Jean Craighead George
(1959)
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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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Stormbreaker: Alex Rider Adventures, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
British teen spy saves England in thriller!
By Anthony Horowitz
(2005)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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Julie of the Wolves Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thought-provoking saga of Inuit girl adopted by wolf pack.
By Jean Craighead George
(1972)
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp Book Poster Image
age 12+
Likable loser tries to save world in action-packed novel.
By Rick Yancey
(2006)
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Evil Genius Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Complex tale of a criminal prodigy is engrossing but dark.
By Catherine Jinks
(2007)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Book Poster Image
age 12+
Still one of the greatest American novels.
By Mark Twain
(1885)
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Trash Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful adventure about dumpsite kids a true treasure.
By Andy Mulligan
(2010)
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Runaway Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Homeless at 12; a poignant read for mature teens.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
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