Category Archives: Age Range: 10 and up

Watership Down

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Richard Adams

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Page Count: 476

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1972

Genre:Adventure, Fable, Fantasy

Watership Down is a story about a group of rabbits who are forced to flee their home, which is being destroyed by a land developer. It’s not only a good adventure and a great story, but is also full of interesting and deeper allegories about life and humanity, and is a great book for all ages.

Everyone will like this book – it is a classic.

Mr. Coleman

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Richard Adams, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fable, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 1970s

The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Page Count: 215e

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1986

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

April moves in with her grandmother, Caroline, temporarily so her mother can pursue her dream of a singer/actress. April does not make friends easily but when she moves into la Casa Rosada, she meets Melanie. Melanie and April share the interest of Egypt. With the help of Marshall, Elizabeth and later on Ken and Toby, the Egypt Game came to life. But when a murder happens in the neighborhood, suddenly the game seems a little too real.

The book is filled with life events many students can relate to as well as witnessing and reading the absolute power of imagination. This is a fun read for anyone in 7th grade and up.

Miss Samantha

 

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s

Up From Jericho Tel

Up From Jericho Tel

E. L. Konigsburg Unknown

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Page Count: 178

Age Range: 10 and up

Year:1986

Genre: Adventure, Humor, Mystery

Uninterested in the “clones” her age, perceptive 6th grader Jeanmarie Troxell befriends Malcolm Soo as they find dead animals to bury at a site they name Jericho Tel. One day, as they are digging a hole big enough for a dead Dalmation, they fall into a magical underground dimension. There they meet Tallulah, the spirit of an actress, who send them on missions of justice. The two 6th graders bond over this empowering and mysterious adventure that is all their own.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys adventures filled with peculiar, yet real and witty characters. The magic and strangeness of the mystery balances the smart use of language and genuine insights.

Ms. Allie

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: E. L. Konisgburg, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Humor, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1980s

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko

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Page Count: 240

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 2004

Genre: Historical

12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family just moved to Alcatraz, the notorious prison, housing the most notorious prisoners in America, because his father got a job as a prison electrician and guard. Moose isn’t happy about the move, nor is he happy about his new responsibilities keeping his sister Natalie out of trouble. Natalie isn’t like other children, she’s special, and Moose’s mother wants to get Natalie into a special school to help her. Moose deals with complex emotions of growing up all while living a baseball’s throw from Al Capone.

This book will resonate with students who have siblings or family members with Autism or other disabilities, and they will identify with the main character Moose and what he goes through in the book.

Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Gennifer Choldenko, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Double Dutch

Double Dutch

Sharon Draperimgres

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Page Count: 183

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 2004

Genre: Realistic

Delia loves Double Dutching and she is really good at it. She loves the exhilarating feeling she gets from jumping in the ropes with her friends and being competitive against other Double Dutch groups. But, to keep her on the team she has to pass a state test, one that requires her to read. Delia must face telling her secret to her mom to stay on the team!

This book is great for anyone who likes to read Realistic fiction. Delia is just a simple girl with a big secret.

Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Sharon M. Draper, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s

Letters from Rifka

Letters from Rifka

Karen Hesse

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Page Count: 148Unknown

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1993

Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic

A young Jewish girl from Russia tells her story about the lifestyle and dangers of Russia in the early 1900s. Her family decides to leave Russia for the safety of their family, and Rifka continues to tell her story through letters to her cousin of journeying to the new country called the United States of America with the end stop being Ellis Island.

Rifka is a strong young girl trying to make a better life for herself, while she faces many dangers like the police and contagious diseases, she still overcomes everything to come to the United States. The book is short but has plenty of action and adventure for Rifka. It’s a good book for anyone looking for a reminder of hardships for people traveling through Ellis Island and how not everyone was welcomed to the country with open arms.

Miss Samantha

 

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Historical, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s

I, Lorelei

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Yeardley Smith

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Page Count: 339

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 2009

Genre: Emotional comedy

The story is about an eleven year old girl named Lorelei, she has a great attitude about life and has dreams of being a famous chef, or an author. Her life becomes filled with new experiences good and bad. When her cat Mud dies she begins journaling to him about her life as a sixth grader because she wants him to always know what she’s doing. Her life begins to get exceptionally tough when her parents start fighting, and the journal to Mud is her outlet to someone who will listen.

This is a great book for any child who’s parents are going through divorce. It also touches on bullying at school, school issues and the death of a beloved pet.

Ms.Elise

 

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Yeardley Smith, Genre: Humor, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2000s