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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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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

by Teresa Toten
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: depression, marriage & divorce, contemporary

Two-time Governor General's Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!
When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost …

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One Year in Coal Harbour

by Polly Horvath
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship

Shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. Selected for the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013.

Readers rejoice -- Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled ye …

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Stones for My Father

by Trilby Kent
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: africa, military & wars, prejudice & racism

Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Siph …

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The Glory Wind

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: prejudice & racism, friendship

A young boy must come to terms with the moral prejudices of his small town in the prairies in the 40's when he befriends the daughter of a young widow who moves in next door. Gracie is unlike anyone Luke has ever met - fun, charming, imaginative and full of life. But when the townsfolk discover that her mother's past is less than completely honoura …

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Watching Jimmy

by Nancy Hartry
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: sexual abuse), general (see also headings under social themes), emotions & feelings

A novel of danger, warmth, and dark humor — about a brain-damaged young boy and the friend who knows a terrible secret.

Watching Jimmy is an impossible-to-put-down novel full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, young Carolyn relates the truth about what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his Uncle Ted chose the pe …