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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Nine to Twelve

Almost Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670012893
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Published: Viking Children's Books - September 13th, 2012

Sugar loses her sense of security when her house is foreclosed. She survives by her writing and contact with a former teacher. (9-12)


The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. Aka Houdini Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061988905
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Published: HarperTorch - January 24th, 2012

Inspired by the classroom visit of a writer, a thirteen- year-old learns to be observant and writes a novel about his friends and enemies and their families, including a brother in Iraq. (9-12)


Drama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545326988
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

Seventh grader Callie loves everything about the theater, but when her school puts on a play, there’s also lots of real-life drama with a diverse cast of characters. Simple illustrations in warm colors. (9-12)


 


Flying the Dragon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580894340
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - July 1st, 2012

Japanese Hiroshi and his Japanese American cousin, Skye, struggle to become friends and bond around rokkaku kite flying as they come to terms with their grandfather’s illness. (10-14)


Forever Four Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448455488
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - January 19th, 2012

Four middle school girls with very different interests and personalities are grouped to create a magazine for a school competition with amazing results. (9-12)


Leading Ladies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448455495
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - January 19th, 2012

Four middle school girls with very different interests and personalities are grouped to create a magazine for a school competition with amazing results. (9-12)


Freaky Fast Frankie Joe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823423675
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Published: Holiday House - March 1st, 2012

When his mother ends up in jail, eleven-year-old Frankie Joe must leave his trailer park friends in Texas and move in with the father he has never known. (9-12)


Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385740524
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 13th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Olivia achieves her greatest wish, becoming a contestant on “Jeopardy! Kids Week.” The support of family and best friend Tucker help her deal with the pressure. (9-12)


Pinch Hit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062012463
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Published: HarperCollins - March 20th, 2012

When Sam and Trevor switch places, each is exposed to a different kind of life and learns to accept the good in his own. (9-13)


Prairie Evers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399256912
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 24th, 2012

Ten-year-old Prairie, homeschooled by her wise grandmother, faces many changes—moving, attending school for the first time, and making friends. (9-12)


Same Sun Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763656843
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 14th, 2012

Sharing a love of mountains, an Indian immigrant girl in Chinatown and a Kentucky coal miner’s son become unlikely pen pals. (9-12)


The Universe of Fair Cover Image
By Leslie Bulion, Frank Dormer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781561456345
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - August 1st, 2012

Eleven-year-old Miller desperately wants to join his friend and have fun at the annual fair but finds more obstacles than his scientific mind could have imagined. Cartoonlike illustrations. (8-11)


What the Dog Said Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599907024
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 28th, 2012

Grace, mourning her father’s death, is helped by training a rescue dog for her older sister’s senior project. (9-12)


The White Zone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761373834
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - January 1st, 2012

In 2007 two cousins, one Shiite and one half Sunni, struggle to live a normal life in war-torn Baghdad. Soldiers and civilians are caught up in fighting, and families are torn apart. (9-14)


Wonder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

Auggie’s fifth-grade classmates—and the rest of his school—grow to appreciate the bright, witty boy masked by a frighteningly disfigured face. (9-11)