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Best Books For 10 Year Olds

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Wonder
R. J. Palacio - Feb 14, 2012
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Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. A...
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Gretchen Rubin
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart - Apr 01, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities? When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mis...
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate - Jan 06, 2015
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephan...
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill - Apr 30, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews Best B...
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Saladin Ahmed
The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - May 31, 2016
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An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.   Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London t...
Front Desk
Kelly Yang - Jun 25, 2019
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Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the emp...
Roller Girl
Victoria Jamieson - Mar 10, 2015
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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new frie...
Smile
Raina Telgemeier - Feb 01, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal...
The Ruins of Gorlan
John Flanagan - Jun 08, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protector...
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis - Aug 14, 2007 (first published in 1950)
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They open a door and enter a world.Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins.Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of N...
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Russell Moore
The Penderwicks
A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Jeanne Birdsall - Mar 13, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Pend...
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Time to Create by Christie Burnett
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Wings of Fire Book One by Tui T. Sutherland
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O'Shaughnessy
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
The Tapper Twins Go to War by Geoff Rodkey
Camp by Kayla Miller
A Graphix Book by Tui T. Sutherland