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

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The Worst-Case Scenario: Amazon (An Ultimate Adventure Novel) (Worst Case Scenario #WORS) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, David Borgenicht, Ed Stafford (With), Yancey Labat (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452107950
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 11th, 2012

Teens join a six month trek along the Amazon River from its source to its mouth, with multiple choices that spell disaster or survival. Bold black-and-white illustrations. (9-14)


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The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547567372
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

When the New Year’s bell goes missing, Jessie enlists her new friend, Maxwell to use his unusual skills to solve the mystery. Black-and-white pen and ink illustrations. (9-12)


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The Homemade Stuffing Caper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399255434
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Published: Philomel Books - May 10th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Charlie, who loves solving mysteries and brain teasers, opens a detective agency in his garage. (9-12)


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The Worst-Case Scenario: Deadly Seas (An Ultimate Adventure Novel) (Worst Case Scenario) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452109176
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 28th, 2012

Six teens sail around the world. Extensive notes in the back challenge the reader to decide if the group survives. Bold black-and-white illustrations. (9-14)


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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society) Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$33.00
ISBN: 9780316176194
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

Nicholas, a young orphan with exceptional powers of memory and observation, attempts to outwit bullies, make friends, and solve a mystery that will decide his future. Black-and-white illustrations. (9-12)


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The Humming Room: A Novel Inspired by the Secret Garden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312644383
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 28th, 2012

Twelve-year-old orphan Roo discovers a new family and a secret garden in her mysterious uncle’s remote island mansion. (9-12)


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Ice Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385741545
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

In Alaska, thirteen-year-old Tatum dreams of participating in the Iditarod, but instead finds herself in a battle to survive. (10-13)


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Iron Hearted Violet Cover Image
By Kelly Barnhill, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316056731
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2012

An unorthodox princess—plain and clever—goes on a mission to save her family and her kingdom. Detailed black-and-white illustrations. (9-12)


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Kepler's Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399256455
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - May 10th, 2012

Eleven-year-old Ella has an unexpectedly good summer with her forbidding grandmother as she makes a friend while learning about stars and solving a mystery. (9-13)


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Madhattan Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802723499
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Published: Walker & Company - May 22nd, 2012

Suburbanites twelve-year-old Lexi and her brother Kevin team up with Kim Ling Levine to solve the mystery of the theft of Cleopatra’s jewels from the Metropolitan Museum. (8-11)


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The Mastermind Plot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545208642
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2012

In 1904 eleven-year-old Suzanna investigates a case of art theft and arson and uncovers her own family’s secrets. Sequel to The Midnight Tunnel. (9-12)


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Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction (The Neil Flambe Capers #2) Cover Image
By Kevin Sylvester, Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442446076
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

In Mexico City, kidnapping threats interfere with a young chef’s quest to win the prize as best chef in the Aztec Cocina. Black-and-white illustrations. (9-12)


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Neil Flambé and the Crusader's Curse (The Neil Flambe Capers #3) Cover Image
By Kevin Sylvester, Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442442863
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2012

A series of harrowing events compel a teen champion chef and his friends to discover the source of a medieval curse on his family. Black-and-white illustrations. (8-12)


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Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders (The Neil Flambe Capers #1) Cover Image
By Kevin Sylvester, Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442446045
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

A teen superchef uses his extraordinary sense of smell to solve a string of murders. Good, tasty fun. Black-and-white illustrations. (8-11)


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Penelope Crumb Cover Image
By Shawn K. Stout, Valeria Docampo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399257285
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Published: Philomel Books - August 2nd, 2012

The discovery that she has her grandfather’s large nose leads imaginative, quirky fourth grader, Penelope, to search for him. An unusual, humorous mystery. Black-and-white illustrations.(8-11)


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Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062026200
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - April 10th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Riley and his friends defeat the school bully and help capture dognappers and bank robbers. (9-12)


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The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book Two: The Sea Wolves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061863202
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Published: Harper Teen - February 28th, 2012

Young Jack is abducted aboard a pirate ship with a captain and crew of werewolves. He manages to be the victor with the help of a strange woman. Expressive black-and-white illustrations. (10-14)


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Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave: The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1 Cover Image
By Deron R. Hicks, Mark Edward Geyer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780547840345
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Teenage siblings Colophon and Case Letterford put aside their rivalries and work together to save the family’s 400-year-old publishing business. Black-and- white pen and ink line drawings. (9-12)


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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of Black Peter: Case 11 (On the Case with Holmes & Watson (Paper) #11) Cover Image
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jt Morrow (Illustrator), Sophie Rohrbach (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780761371007
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - January 1st, 2012

The famous detective lets you in on his deductive reasoning as he discovers who murdered a nasty seaman. Dynamic graphics enliven the mystery. Bibliography and background information. (8-12)


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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Cardboard Box: Case 12 (On the Case with Holmes & Watson (Paper) #12) Cover Image
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jt Morrow (Illustrator), Sophie Rohrbach (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780761370987
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - January 1st, 2012

Join the master sleuth who solves a double murder and explains his brilliant reasoning. Graphic art in a muted palette adds to the suspense. Bibliography and background information. (8-12)


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The Spindlers Cover Image
By Lauren Oliver, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780061978081
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Published: HarperCollins - October 2nd, 2012

When Liza’s little brother goes missing, she knows she needs to save him by going Below; facing fears and uncertainty, she is a heroine to be admired. Elegant black-and-white illustrations. (8-12)


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Spy School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442421820
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2012

Can a kid become a superstar secret agent? Twelve- year-old Ben leaves his public school to attend the CIA’s secret Espionage Academy (9-14)


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Summer at Forsaken Lake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375867422
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 12th, 2012

Learning to sail and solving a family mystery create an unforgettable summer for twelve-year-old Nicholas, his ten-year-old twin sisters, and his new friend, Charlie. Subtly shaded black-and-white illustrations. (8-12)


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Tua and the Elephant Cover Image
By Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator), R. P. Harris
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ISBN: 9780811877817
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 18th, 2012

Tua, a young Thai girl, releases an abused elephant from its chains. Can she find a safe place for the elephant without being caught herself? Colorful illustrations rendered in charcoal, linoleum block print, and Photoshop. (8-11)


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Vanishing Acts (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599905365
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 17th, 2012

Who’s egging dogs in Prospect Park and where is the young star of a film being shot there? Can Maggie Brooklyn solve these two mysteries? (9-12)


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The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062119797
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2012

After Lucy’s parents drown, a mysterious woman comes to her defense against a greedy uncle’s bid for her grand house and family fortune. (9-12)


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Zip Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595145703
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Published: Razorbill - September 27th, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Lyssa sets off on her scooter to save her deceased mother’s house and encounters many obstacles as she journeys across half the country and discovers more about herself. (10-13)