"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

9 to 12 years of age

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    Brian Selznick

    Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret...

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    Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave
    Deron R. Hicks

    Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the...

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    Carl Hiaasen

    Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner...

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    The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
    Trenton Lee Stewart

    Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy named Nicholas Benedict...

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    Toby Forward

    When Flaxfield the great wizard dies, his apprentice Sam is left without a master. Sam has...

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    The Romeo And Juliet Code
    Phoebe Stone

    Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in...

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    Two Crafty Criminals!
    Philip Pullman

    Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies. Their...

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    Joke Van Leeuwen

    One day Warren sees something strange lying under a bush. He doesn't know whether it is a bird...

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    The Princess Curse
    Merrie Haskell

    Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a...

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    The Fate of Achilles
    Bimba Landmann

    When Achilles was born, the Fates—the three female deities who shaped people’s lives—announced...


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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    Brian Selznick

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where...

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    The Composition
    Antonio Skarmeta

    In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's...

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    Because of Winn-Dixie
    Kate DiCamillo

    One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names...

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    Afternoon of the Elves
    Janet Taylor Lisle

    Hillary doesn't believe all the mean things she hears about Sara-Kate. Sure, she wears weird...

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    Louis Sachar

    Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealin...

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    Under the Sun
    Arthur Dorros

    A gripping journey of survival across a country at war. From Arthur Dorros, author of many...

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    The Dreamer
    Pam Munoz Ryan

    A breathtaking illustrated novel from Pura Belpre Award winner, Pam Ryan, and MacArthur fellow...

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    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
    Grace Lin

    This Newbery Honor book features magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can't fly...

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    The London Eye Mystery
    Siobhan Dowd

    Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye, but after half an hour it landed...

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    Noah Barleywater Runs Away
    John Boyne

    Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he...


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    Circle of Doom
    Tim Kennemore

    One day, Lizzie Sharp decides to concoct a potion to cast a spell on her family’s only neighbo...

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    The Wee Free Men
    Terry Pratchett

    A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality... Armed with only a frying pan...

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    Jacqueline Woodson

    When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still...

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    Ptolemy's Gate
    Jonathan Stroud

    Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on...

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    The King of Attolia
    Megan Whalen Turner

    By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the...

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    Thumb on a Diamond
    Ken Roberts

    Leon (now known by his nickname, Thumb) and his best friend Susan love their tiny, remote...

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    The Pepins and Their Problems
    Polly Horvath

    Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searchin...

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    Indigo's Star
    Hilary McKay

    Indigo, having just recovered from a bout of mononucleosis, must return to school after...

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    Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
    Lincoln Peirce

    Big Nate is in a class by himself! But things don't always go your way just because you're...

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    Laurie Halse Anderson

    In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O...


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    The Secret Garden
    Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The...

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    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Roger Lancelyn Green

    Robin Hood, champion of the poor and opponent of the Sheriff of Nottingham, takes refuge in...

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    The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and...

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    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    C. S. Lewis

    They open a door and enter a world. Narnia ... a land frozen in eternal winter ... a country...

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    J.K. Rowling

    Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable...

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    Bingo Brown and the Language of Love
    Betsy Byars

    When Bingo learns his mother is expecting a baby, it sparks off a whole new round of questions...

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    A Single Shard
    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear is fascinated by the celedon ware created in the village of Ch’ulp’o. He is determine...

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    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    Judy Blume

    Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown...

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    The Stone-Faced Boy
    Paula Fox

    Newbery Medalist Paula Fox's poignant, sensitively written story of a boy who finally faces...

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    The Bad Beginning
    Lemony Snicket

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    I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely...