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Mrs. Veiss’s and Mrs. Stermer’s list of favorite books for 10-13 year olds!
*indicate books that were introduced and/or read throughout this school year
39 Clues by Rick Riordan and more
(Amy and Dan must find 39 clues to help them solve the mystery of what really happened to their parents.)
A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. Mckissack
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
(Young Salva survives many dangers growing up in war-torn Sudan and dedicates his life to making a difference for those who live in his native land. Based on a true story.)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
A Stone’s Throw from Paradise by Linda Oatman High
Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Thirteen women who tried to become NASA's first women astronaut trainees in the early 1960s.
Among the Hidden by Maragaret Peterson Haddix
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
Seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special. (This is the new book that seems to be on every site!)
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Baillett
(When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.)
*Crash by Gordon Korman
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pies by Jordan Sonnenblick
*Elephant Run by Roland Smith
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
*Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
*Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark
*Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Homecoming by Cynthia Voight (Similar to The Boxcar Children, but for middle school-aged children)
*How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
This is the first book in a series about 4 abandon children in search for a family member who will take them in.
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier by Howard E. Wasdin
When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. This is a tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of U.S. Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers.
*I Can’t Believe I have To Do This by Jan Alford
*IQ by Roland Smith
Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer…until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete.
*Jack’s Run by Roland Smith
*Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
*Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen
*Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
*Molly McGuinty Has A Really Good Day by Gary Paulsen
Mr. Tucker by Gary Paulsen
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
During the German occupation of Denmark in 1943, 10-year-old Annemarie shows great courage when she helps her Jewish friend escape from the Nazis.
Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time but then news from her mother shakes everything up.
Out of My Mind by Draper, Sharon
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient, young girl with cerebral palsy discovers a way for her to speak for the first time.
*Peak by Roland Smith
*Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
(Twelve-year-old orphan Hollis describes the pictures of her life in foster homes and the family she longs to be a part of.)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
*Schooled by Gordon Korman
*Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
*Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Alex Rider is about to discover that all is not what it seems when he learns that his guardian uncle was not a bank president, but a spy for the British government. Determined to find his uncle’s murderer and forced by British Intelligence to take over his uncle’s mission, the teen begins to search for clues to find the killer. With all the gadgetry and ammunition of a James Bond novel, this first book in the Alex Rider series.
*Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter
Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end.
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great
Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza,
Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan.
The Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection. She finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery as well as mysterious secrets that threaten her city and everyone she loves.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1964 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume--winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrut...moreOver the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume--winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.
Throwing Heat by Fred Bowen
Gilly, an 11-year-old foster child who refuses to bond with anyone, meets her match with Mrs. Trotter, a wise and kind foster mother.
*The River by Gary Paulsen
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech
Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian 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 toy seller and his goddaughter, his biggest secret are jeopardized.
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
(Ten-year-old Peter meets a fortune teller in the market, and she tells him his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive. He then begins a series of adventures as he tries to find her.)
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
(Addie would like a normal life. Not only does she live in a trailer in Schenectady, New York, with her mother, who is not at all responsible or parental, but also she is separated from her kind and loving stepfather and younger half-sisters.)
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
(Thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents drive across the country, retracing her mother’s route.)
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Wingnut by MJ Auch
*Zack’s Lie by Roland Smith
***The descriptions about some books above came from www.amazon.com***