"You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
"And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still."
-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?"
-C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
"But there was one other thing that the grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy."
-Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories From Wayside School
"Good Night stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
-Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night Moon
"When I was one I had just begun…"
-A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"All those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did"
-Shel Silverstein, Falling Up
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away”, said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
-Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way."
-E.B.White, Stuart Little
"It’s a party. A big Dog party."
-By P.D.Eastman, Go, Dog. Go!
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But he had one fault. He was too curious."
-H.A. Rey, Curious George
"The sky is always ready to play…"
-Jasper Tomkins, The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and –pop!—out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."
-Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“I’ll take a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and an onion.” “Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it.”
-Alexandra Day, Frank and Ernest
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” And Max said, “No!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
"Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
-Esther Averill, The Fire Cat
“I gather colors,” answered Frederick simply. “For winter is gray.”
-Leo Lionni, Frederick
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
-Lemony Snicket
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
-Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.”[
-Madeleine L’Engle
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters

12 to 15 years of age

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    Chime
    Franny Billingsley

    Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's...

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    All the Right Stuff
    Walter Dean Myers

    Who's on top of the social food chain? How do you get ahead? Who makes the rules? Who needs to...

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    A Confusion of Princes
    Garth Nix

    You'd think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets....

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    The Obsidian Blade
    Pete Hautman

    The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye...

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    My Name Is Not Easy
    Debby Dahl Edwardson

    My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke knows his...

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    No Crystal Stair
    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

    A documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller

    "You...

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    A Greyhound of a Girl
    Roddy Doyle

    Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact...

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    Okay for Now
    Gary D. Schmidt

    As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older...

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    Bewitching
    Alex Flinn

    Bewitching can be a beast...

    Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school ...

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    Friends with Boys
    Faith Erin Hicks

    A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

    Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with...

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    Whale Talk
    Chris Crutcher

    A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything...

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    Shooting the Moon
    Frances O'Roark Dowell

    Jamie thinks her father can do anything... until the one time he can do nothing. When twelve...

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    The Arrival
    Shaun Tan

    "A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that...

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    God Went to Beauty School
    Cynthia Rylant

    A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world from a Newbery...

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    Leonardo's Shadow
    Christopher Grey

    Milan, 1497. The height of the Renaissance. And for Giacomo, servant of the famous painter...

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    The Hunger Games
    Suzanne Collins

    In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining...

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    A Darkling Plain
    Philip Reeve

    It's six months after the tumultuous events on Brighton, and Wren Natsworthy and her father...

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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    Sherman Alexie

    In his nationally acclaimed, semi-autobiographical YA debut, author Sherman Alexie tells the...

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    The New Policeman
    Kate Thompson

    Who knows where the time goes? There never seems to be enough time in Kinvara, or anywhere...

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    The Boy in the Burning House
    Tim Wynne-Jones

    Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely....

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    The Smile
    Donna Jo Napoli

    Hers is the most famous portrait in the world. Here, in prose as rich as the high Renaissance,...

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    Flygirl
    Sherri L. Smith

    All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she...

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    Fever 1793
    Laurie Halse Anderson

    During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed...

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    The Carbon Diaries 2015
    Saci Lloyd

    It's the year 2015, a time when global warming has begun to ravage the environment. In respons...

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    Nation
    Terry Pratchett

    When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the...

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    The Last of the High Kings
    Kate Thompson

    Traveling to the land of eternal youth was the only way J.J. Liddy could stop time from...

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    Clay
    David Almond

    Fourteen-year-old Davie and his best friend, Geordie, are altar boys at their local Catholic...

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    The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak

    It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist,...

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    Full Service
    Will Weaver

    The times they are a-changin'... The summer that Paul turns sixteen his mother pushes him to...

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    I Capture the Castle
    Dodie Smith

    I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live...

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    The Fellowship of the Ring
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths are searching for a Hobbit. Frodo Baggins knows that they are...

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    The Halloween Tree
    Ray Bradbury

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysteri...

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    The Giver
    Lois Lowry

    Since winning the Newbery Medal in 1994, Lois Lowry’s The Giver has become one of the most...

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    The Amber Spyglass
    Philip Pullman

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in The Golden...

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    The Two Towers
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Fellowship is scattered. Some are bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of...

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    The Golden Compass
    Philip Pullman

    Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon...

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    The Return of the King
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarms out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and...

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    The Subtle Knife
    Philip Pullman

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering...

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    Silent to the Bone
    E.L. Konigsburg

    Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldn't have hurt Branwell's baby half sister,...