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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2013 for Keeping It Real

  • CHILDREN'S

    LEFT BEHIND

    MARCH 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

LEFT BEHIND

by Caroline Adderson ; illustrated by Ben Clanton

Early chapter book or read-aloud, this effort will leave its audience with lots of smiles, too. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SERAFINA'S PROMISE

    SEPT. 24, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    AFTER IRIS

    JULY 11, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH

    OCT. 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH

by Paula J. Freedman

As Tara learns in this skillful exploration, an important source of her special strengths—questioning spirit, empathy and... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WORDS WITH WINGS

    SEPT. 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

WORDS WITH WINGS

by Nikki Grimes

An inspirational exploration of caring among parent, teacher and child—one of Grimes’ best. (Poetry. 8-12) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

    AUG. 20, 2013

CHILDREN'S

SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

by Karen Harrington

Readers intrigued by the premise of this moving story will sympathize with the plucky protagonist and rejoice in the way her... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    SEPT. 17, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE ANIMAL BOOK

    OCT. 29, 2013

CHILDREN'S

THE ANIMAL BOOK

by Steve Jenkins ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

With facts sure to delight readers—who will be impatient to share their discoveries—this spectacular book is a must-purchase... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK

    JUNE 4, 2013

CHILDREN'S

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

by Cynthia Kadohata

Readers who peel back the layers of obsessions and fears will find a character who is determined, compassionate and... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    PICTURE ME GONE

    OCT. 3, 2013

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

PICTURE ME GONE

by Meg Rosoff

A brilliant depiction of the complexity of human relationships in a story that’s at once contemplative and suspenseful. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY

    NOV. 5, 2013

CHILDREN'S

THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY

by Pamela S. Turner ; photographed by Scott Tuason

An exemplary addition to an always thought-provoking series. Full review >

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