Best books for kids who are not quite ready for all of the books in the teen section, but have outgrown some of the books in the children’s section.

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Raiders' Ransom
Emily Diamand

SF J DIAMAND

In 23rd-century Great Britain, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter. Lilly Melkun, an English fishergirl, takes on a rescue attempt, with a talking jewel tucked in her belt as ransom.


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Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper

J DRAPER

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.


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The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
Jeanne DuPrau

SF TEEN DUPRAU

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.


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The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
John Flanagan

SF TEEN FLANAGAN

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.


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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Tommy Greenwald

J GREENWALD

Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.


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The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1)
Kazu Kibuishi

GRAPHIC J AMULET v.1

After chasing after the tentacled
monster that kidnapped their mother, Emily and Navin find themselves in a magical but dangerous world, where they must learn to control a powerful amulet given to them by their inventor grandfather.


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Schooled
Gordon Korman

TEEN KORMAN

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school.


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11 Birthdays
Wendy Mass

J MASS

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.


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The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann

SF J MCMANN

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.


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Fablehaven
Brandon Mull

SF TEEN MULL

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.


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Airborn
Kenneth Oppel

SF TEEN OPPEL

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.


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The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan

SF TEEN RIORDAN

Three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.


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The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan

SF J RIORDAN

After their father’s research experiment unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a journey across the globe—a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


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Okay for Now
Gary D. Schmidt

TEEN SCHMIDT

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer.


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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Michael Scott

SF TEEN SCOTT

While working summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of a powerful book holding the secret formulas for
alchemy and everlasting life.


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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick

CALDECOTT J SELZNICK

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.


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Smile
Raina Telgemeier

GRAPHIC J SMILE

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.


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