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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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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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A Raisin in the Sun Book Poster Image
age 13+
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2004)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
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Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Poster Image
age 9+
Warm family story of children's wish for a mother.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(1985)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
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The Someday Birds Book Poster Image
age 10+
Unlikely hero of family adventure delivers hopeful message.
By Sally J. Pla
(2017)
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Road Trip with Max and His Mom Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun road trip sequel explores emotional effects of divorce.
By Linda Urban
(2018)
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Right as Rain Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Pitch-perfect story about loss and change inspires hope.
By Lindsey Stoddard
(2019)
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Each Tiny Spark Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Cuban American tween busts stereotypes in appealing tale.
By Pablo Cartaya
(2019)
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Mexican Whiteboy Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
By Matt de la Peña
(2008)
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Pulled Under: Sixteenth Summer, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Surfer girl fears first-love wipeout in sweet romance.
By Michelle Dalton
(2014)
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Honor Girl Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Absorbing, bittersweet, same-sex camp romance.
By Maggie Thrash
(2015)
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Grandpa's Great Escape Book Poster Image
age 9+
Hilarious, poignant tale of boy and grandpa with dementia.
By David Walliams
(2018)
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Finding Orion Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Heart, humor, discoveries fill oddball family quest tale.
By John David Anderson
(2019)
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Penelope Crumb Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.
By Shawn K. Stout
(2012)
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Seven Stories Up Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet time-travel story teaches kids about the Depression.
By Laurel Snyder
(2014)
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Reawakened Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Tedious romance, fun adventure with Egyptian gods, monsters.
By Colleen Houck
(2015)
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First & Then Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Predictable but engaging high school romance.
By Emma Mills
(2015)
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Robots Go Wild! House of Robots, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Good-vs.-bad robot antics will hook reluctant readers.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2015)
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