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Rules [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl connects with brother who has autism in moving tale.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
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Beezus and Ramona [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 7+
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2006)
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Show Way [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 6+
Beautiful story of family's journey from slavery to freedom.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2006)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(1950)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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Kira-Kira [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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Rumble Fish [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 13+
Realistic portrait of teen stuck in a world of violence.
By S. E. Hinton
(1975)
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The City of Ember [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 8+
Part fantasy, part mystery, part treasure hunt.
By Jeanne DuPrau
(2004)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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To Kill a Mockingbird [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 12+
Classic novel examines American racism and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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Number the Stars [node:content-type] 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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Peter Pan [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(1904)
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The River Between Us [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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Maniac Magee [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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The Cat in the Hat [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
The kids' classic that put Dr. Seuss on the map.
By Dr. Seuss
(1957)
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Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Book 2 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
Winning illustrations but short on plot.
By Judi Barrett
(2000)
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 4+
Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.
By Judi Barrett
(1978)
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The Borrowers [node:content-type] Poster Image
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age 7+
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 [node:content-type] Poster Image
age 7+
Siblings discover a fairy world in charming fantasy tale.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
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