Category Archives: Age Range: 11 and up

The Misfits

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James Howe

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 274

Age Range: 11 and up

Year: 2001

Genre: Humor, Realistic

This book is about four seventh grade friends named Bobby, Addie, Joe and Skeezie who are the “Misfits” of their school. After being taunted by their peers for being different in some sort of way they decide to band together to run against the popular kids in the classroom in a political race. At first many people get upset with them, but then soft-spoken Bobby really tells what it is like to be name called all the time. At that point everybody in the school starts to take the group very seriously and gives Bobby a lot of credit.

Perfect book for any preteen or middle school age kid. It talks about bullying and stereotyping in a fun easy read. I really think all kids between 11-14 would really like this book and find it very relatable.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: James Howe, Genre: Humor, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 311
Age Range: 11 and upimages
Year: 2004
Genre: Realistic

Flowers for Algernon is a story of a mentally disabled man who lived a very simple life. Charlie is given a surgery that gives him instant intelligence. His life is forever changed when he becomes the smartest man in the world.

I would recommend this book to every young person. It makes the reader think about those who are mentally disabled in a new way.

Ms. Leah

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Daniel Keyes, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2000s

IFunny

IFunny
James Paterson

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 303
Age Range: 11 and upI Funny
Year: 2012
Genre: Humor

Jamie Grim enters the Funniest Kid Contest in his town. For a long time people have said that Jamie is the funniest kid that they know. Jamie is different from other kids. He is in a wheelchair and he lost both of his parents in an accident. Jamie is also always picked on by other students. He turns his tragedy into a comedy.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes humor. It will even make adults laugh.

Ms. Leah

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: James Paterson, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Humor, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s

The Thief of Always

thief of alwaysThe Thief of Always
Clive Barker

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288
Age Range: 11 and up
Year: 1993
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Harvey is a boy who is bored with his existence. Everyday he wakes up and does the same thing until one day a mysterious man appears at his window and tells him about The Holiday House. The Holiday House is a great place where all four seasons happen in a day, every night is Halloween and every morning is Christmas. Harvey loves it… for a while, but then he realizes that something fishy is going on.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure and some awesome magic.

-Mrs. Davis

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Clive Barker, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1990s

Seedfolks

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Paul Fleischman

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 112

Age Range: 11 and up

Year: 1997

Genre: Realistic

Seedfolks tells the story of a diverse community in Cleveland, with each chapter narrated from the perspective of a new character. Over the course of the story, neighbors’ lives are intertwined as they come together to turn a garbage-filled lot on their block into a thriving community garden

Focused Instruction for 6th grade now recommends Seedfolks. For 7th and 8th graders who didn’t read it in ELA, I definitely recommend it! The characters are realistic and have great personal stories to tell.

-Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Paul Fleischman, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s

Hey Hmong Girl, Whassup?

hmong girlHey Hmong Girl, Whassup?
Leah Rempel

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 138
Age Range: 11 and up
Year: 2004
Genre: Realistic

This book is a journal of the life of a Hmong-American girl name Choua Vang. She writes about her struggles as a Hmong-American teen living in Minnesota, as well as her family issues, friends and school life.

I recommend this book to all who are interested in learning about different cultures. I think it’s a good book to read, whether you are a student, an educator or a parent. It’s good to know about the lives of Hmong people. You can also connect it to your life even if you are not Hmong.

-Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Leah Rempel, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

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Quick Stats:

Page Count: 381
Age Range: 11 and up
Year: 2008
Genre: Dystopia
Series: 1st of 3

The story takes place in a future dystopian country, Panem, where there are 12 tightly-controlled and abused districts that exist to support Panem’s capital (called The Capital). The narrative follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who has been unwillingly chosen to represent her district in The Hunger Games, a televised fight-to-the-death sport established to suppress the districts and entertain the Capital.

This story is very popular with kids, which makes it easily engaging. I would only recommend reading this with either advanced students or with guidance; the author is fond of multi-syllabic words that can easily muddy the text to a struggling reader.

-Jess

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Suzanne Collins, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s