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Outstanding Books for Kids Aged 10-13

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 17
tagged: Young adult, fiction, awards, 49th Kids, middle grade, award nominees
All the books listed here have either won or been shortlisted for book awards in Canada.

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

by Jonathan Auxier
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, orphans & foster homes, friendship

A brand-new novel by one of today's most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heart-rending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Ele …

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Winnie's Great War

by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: bears, military & wars

From the creative team behind the bestselling Finding Winnie, winner of the Caldecott Medal, comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world’s most beloved bear

Here is a heartwarming reimagining of the real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Follow Winnie’s war adventure—from …

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Ebb and Flow

by Heather Smith
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: multigenerational, stories in verse, poetry (see also stories in verse)

One summer, after a long plane ride and a rotten bad year I went to Grandma Jo's. It was my mother's idea. Jett, what you need is a change of scenery. I think she needed a change of scenery, too. One without me. Because that rotten bad year? That was my fault.

Thus begins the poignant story, told in free verse, of eleven-year-old Jett. Last year, Je …

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The Journey of Little Charlie

by Christopher Paul Curtis
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck — the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina — has come to collect a …

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The Skeleton Tree

by Iain Lawrence
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: survival stories

Now in paperback! This stark and commercial survival story is a modern-day Hatchet.
Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. S …

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The Gospel Truth

by Caroline Pignat
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: civil war period (1850-1877), 19th century, novels in verse
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: emotions & feelings, bullying, new experience

Thirteen-year-old Henry's happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father's hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry's family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry's therapist suggests he keeps a journal, at …

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Underground Soldier

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: military & wars, survival stories

A companion to the award-winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler.

Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.

Once fr …