Sometimes it can be tricky to find books for boys.

It’s not so much that they need different books than girls do, but… well…

…at some point, you may find it’s difficult to match your boys up with books they love.

You know what I mean, right?

The kind of books they’ll stay up late reading with a flashlight underneath the covers. The kind of books that give them an insatiable thirst for reading. The kind of books that turn them into readers.

These books, of course, are not just books for boys. Many appeal to my girls, as well! 

But if you have a boy in your life who just doesn’t love reading (yet!), then this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is for you.

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • books with characters that will grab your boys’ imaginations
  • what boys need in books that they read ‘for fun’
  • my favorite recommendations for boys of different ages

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  • 1:40 Not just for boys, but …
  • 3:48 Recommendations for boys ages 4-7
  • 6:20 Recommendations for boys ages 8-12
  • 10:42 Mysterious Benedict Society and Will Wilder
  • 12:37 Andrew Clements’s books
  • 14:16 Books for teen boys
  • 17:40 The Boundless and Gary Paulsen’s books
  • 20:14 Meet picture book author, Matthew Paul Turner
  • 26:05 Let the kids speak

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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It’s a dream come true for Ralph S. Mouse when he get his own set of wheels: a red motorcycle. But when Ralph drives straight into trouble, it’s his human friend Keith who helps him. A Beverly Cleary classic, and the first in a 3-part series!

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My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

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Start with this book, if you haven't read many (or any!) chapter books or novels with your child before. Short chapters, rich narrative, and an engaging story will reel your listeners in.

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Homer Price

Homer Price

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This collection of six tales follows Homer Price, resident of Centerburg, U.S.A. Follow Homer around town as he mans his uncle’s lunch counter (and his fancy new doughnut-making machine), builds radios and even catches a gang of robbers.

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The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan

FROM SARAH:

You may know E.B. White best from Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little, but his delightful storytelling shines in this book, which beautifully describes both the natural world, and the nature of friendship. Get a free Family Book Club Guide to go with it right here.

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Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

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The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (1998-11-23)

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (1998-11-23)

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Edward has been left at home to protect his mother and sister, while his father is away watching for a raid from the north. Both the French and the Indians are true threats in New York in 1756, but Edward has a weapon -- his father’s matchlock gun. Note: Edward’s mother is injured in the book, and Native Americans are killed.

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Nate the Great

Nate the Great

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Simple mystery stories that will pull your little ones right in. Kids will agree that Nate really is, well … great!

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

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Leroy Brown, boy detective, not only solves his own cases -- he also occasionally helps out his policeman dad with the biggest mysteries in Idaville.

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The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

$5.99

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Did you catch Mr. Erickson in one of our author events? You’ll love Hank even more if you hear about his origins, but kids will love this HUGE series of books about self-appointed head of security Hank and his pals.

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Billy And Blaze

Billy And Blaze

$7.99

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Billy loves horses more than anything else in the world, and what he wants most is his own pony. Full of beautiful illustrations and sweet relationships.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

$7.99

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When Charlie finds a golden ticket in a Wonka bar, it means he and Grandpa Joe get to tour the famous chocolate factory. They encounter the eccentric Mr. Wonka, Oompa-Loompas, and some very naughty children!

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The Sign of the Beaver

The Sign of the Beaver

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When 13-year-old Matt means a boy from the Beaver clan, he begins to understand more about living in the wilderness in the 1700s. A Newberry Honor winner.

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The BFG

The BFG

$7.99

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Sophie and BFG (a bone-crunching giant) are the only ones who can save the children of England, but they’ll have to battle a lot of mean giants to keeps everyone safe.

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The Great Brain

The Great Brain

$17.99

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Entertaining and fun, J.D. looks up to his big brother, “The Great Brain,” even if Tom is something of a con artist.

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The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)

The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)

$11.99

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For centuries the bears of Haven have lived quiet lives, high in the mountains at the edge of the great Precipice. That all changes for a young cub named Growly when he receives a mysterious message. With just his backpack and glider, Growly sets out on a desperate journey to find his grandfather's long lost friend . . . and to find a way back home.

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Henry Huggins

Henry Huggins

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This book continues to delight kids for another generation. He might be an average boy, but he doesn't have average adventures! Especially wonderful for dog-lovers.

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Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl

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A fun tale of friendship and redemption from one of my favorite author/illustrators. Ben Hatke has given us an intergalactic hero we'll never forget in Zita. This is a graphic novel, so pull your kids close so they can see the panels while you read aloud.

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The Cabin Faced West

The Cabin Faced West

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Ann Hamilton's family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard.

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Little Robot

Little Robot

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When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend.

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Boys ages 8-12:

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The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

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Good, evil; battles, betrayals; this classic series begins with either The Magician’s Nephew, or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (depending on who you ask!). There are 7 books in all -- one filled with more adventure and fantasy than the next.

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The Green Ember

The Green Ember

FROM SARAH:

A Read-Aloud Revival community favorite. Rabbits with Swords! This story will inspire heroic virtue in your children (and who knows... maybe you too!). This is first in a truly wonderful fantasy series. Your kids can meet author S.D. Smith at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

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Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)

Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)

FROM SARAH:

Redwall Abbey is a quiet and peaceful place, just as the mice like it. But an evil one-eyed rat wants ownership of the abbey. An unlikely hero emerges in this action packed tale, which might be a good pick for fans of The Green Ember.

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The question in this first volume is resoundingly clear: What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats?

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

FROM SARAH:

Minli sets off on an adventurous journey to find the Old Man on the Moon and change her family's fortune. Elements of fantasy and folklore intertwine as Minli discovers answers to her most pressing questions. Full-color illustrations by the author make this one a special treat! Your kids can meet Grace Lin in her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune.

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The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)

The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)

FROM SARAH:

The whole Wilderking Trilogy is one you don't want your kids to miss. Start here, with The Bark of the Bog Owl.  Ideal for kids 8-14, though you'll enjoy it every bit as much as your kids will. The less you know before reading it, the better, so try to skip reading reviews ahead of time, if you can!

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12-year-old Aidan Errolson, comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life, of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life.

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

$9.95

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Jonathan Auxier's fantastical tale of Peter, the blind orphan who lives a life of thievery. Around the time Peter finds himself in possession of three pairs of magical eyes, he realizes he is being sent on a quest to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom. Don't miss the author's interview on the RAR podcast.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher--a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes.

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The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)

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Originally published in 1964, this three-book series follows “Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper” on his quest to become a hero. Filled with references to Welsh mythology and lots of humor.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" When Reynie Muldoon answers an ad looking for gifted children, he soon meets fascinating friends and finds himself on an adventure that will change his life... and quite possibly the world. First in a fantastic series.

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Frindle

Frindle

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A fantastic place to start with the many funny, quick reads by Andrew Clements. Nick isn't exactly a troublemaker; he just likes to keep things interesting! What starts out as a simple game turns into a city-wide uproar. What starts out as a lighthearted read turns out to be a powerfully moving story. Delightful.

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Lunch Money

Lunch Money

$6.99

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Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he's ready to declare war.

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Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

FROM SARAH:

This one comes up again and again in podcast episodes! The first in Ralph Moody’s autobiographical series, this is a wonderful father-son story. Note: Does contain a few mature words that begin with H and D.

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Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary.

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. Again. But at least they’ll have each other’s company at their new school. Except, on the first day of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one knows about his brother.

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

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"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." This is one of my top recommendations for teens. An absolutely unforgettable read-aloud.

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It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him...

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

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The first in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series will surprise and delight you at every turn. You see, the children of Ashton Place aren't ordinary children. They were found in the forest, and it appears they have been raised by wolves... (The audio version of the book is especially delightful.)

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Discovered in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. A recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.

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Henry and the Chalk Dragon

Henry and the Chalk Dragon

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It takes a special kind of courage to be an artist. Does Henry Penwhistle have what it takes? The adventures begin when a dragon he draws on the door wants to be seen and have a place in the world. A great read-aloud!

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Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan

Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan

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This is easily one of my "most recommended" books of the year. I found this book impossible to put down-- and so did my kids! If you have a child who hasn't fallen head-over-heels for reading yet, start here. I loved the second book (Code Name Flood) every bit as much as the first!

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One hundred and fifty years ago, the first dinosaurs were cloned. Soon after, they replaced humans at the top of the food chain. The only way to survive was to move into underground compounds...

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The Dreamer

The Dreamer

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From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. He listens and follows as it leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain on an inspiring voyage of self-discovery that will transform his life and, ultimately, the world.

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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

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A classic summer adventure for a group of siblings, a boat, and wild imagination. This is the first in a series, so if your kids enjoy this one, there are many more!

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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Holy unanticipated occurrences! From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by K. G. Campbell.

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Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine

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I'm a fan of everything written by Caroline Starr Rose, but this one is my favorite yet! Follow Jasper and his brother on their search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a page-turning mystery your kids don't want to miss! Best for 10+, though younger kids can certainly listen in.

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Circus Mirandus

Circus Mirandus

$8.99

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Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

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Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack

$14.99

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Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever.

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1: Ranger’s Apprentice (The Ruins of Gorlan, Book One)

1: Ranger’s Apprentice (The Ruins of Gorlan, Book One)

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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.

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Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers

$9.99

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 Don't even think of starting this bookunless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. Afast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peterand his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff.

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

FROM SARAH: 

Jonathan Auxier is one of my very favorite storytellers- don't miss his episode on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. He's also a favorite WOW: Writers on Writing presenter in RAR Premium! This is my favorite of his books and also one of my all-time favorite reads. I learned so much, and my heart grew five sizes. Recomended for ages 10+. Or just read it yourself!

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Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived. With her wits and will, she's manage to beat deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan's Sweep disappears suddenly and then she's caught in a chimney fire, everything changes. It starts with a black piece of coal.

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Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians)

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians)

$17.99

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On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

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For fans of Lord of the RingsThe Princess Bride, and The Chronicles of Narnia. This fantastical journey is one our family's favorites. Excellent as an audio book, as well (and it's kind of long, so if that intimidates you, opt for audio!) Don't miss my interview with Andrew Peterson for Author Access in RAR Premium.

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Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice.

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The Dragon’s Tooth (Ashtown Burials #1)

The Dragon’s Tooth (Ashtown Burials #1)

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For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing...

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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

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Frodo and his pals set out on a journey to find the Ruling Ring. Will the Hobbits’ friendships be enough to keep them safe?

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The prelude to the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo sets out on a great adventure. Lots of suspense and humor … There’s a beautifully illustrated version available that can make this book a little easier to share with families with a large age gap.

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My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

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When Sam leaves his family’s New York City apartment, he travels all the way to the Catskill Mountains where he survives in a hollowed-out tree, and finds independence and freedom.

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Fablehaven

Fablehaven

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Kendra and Seth visit their grandparents, having no idea that their grandfather is the caretaker of Fablehaven, a hidden refuge for mystical creatures to prevent their extinction. Will keep you turning pages! Watch the author talk about writing this book in his Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...

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Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle

Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle

$16.99

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Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams, dreams where he’s a courageous, legendary hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms that can barely move. Sometimes these dreams feel so real, they seem like forgotten memories. And sometimes they make him believe that his arms might come alive again.

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Leepike Ridge

Leepike Ridge

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Thomas Hammond has always lived next to Leepike Ridge, but he never imagined he might end up lost beneath it! The night Tom's schoolteacher comes to dinner and asks Tom's mother to marry him, Tom slips out of the house and escapes down a nearby stream on a floating slab of packing foam. The night and stars lull Tom to sleep, and when he wakes, he has ridden his foam raft all the way to the ridge, where the stream dives underground.

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The Giver Quartet boxed set

The Giver Quartet boxed set

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The Candy Shop War

The Candy Shop War

$7.99

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Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the...unusual side. In this start to the series, four young friends--Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon--meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies: Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

$3.95

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When the Watson family--ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron--sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don't realize that they're heading toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. The Watsons' journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.

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The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars

FROM SARAH:

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? This story will make you want to eat a cream puff, read a play, hug a vet, and get some yellow tights. Well okay, maybe not the yellow tights. Gary Schmidt is easily one of today's best writers for teens. Meet him in the Author Access replay inside RAR Premium.

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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

FROM SARAH:

I want to give this book to every teenager I know. It's a book that will make you want to hug a mean kid, stare at Audubon paintings, thank a veteran, read Jane Eyre, and get an orchid. Even if you ignore every other book I recommend, read this one. Highly, highly recommended. Meet author Gary Schmidt in the Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this absorbing novel centers on Doug, 14, who has an abusive father, a bully for a brother, a bad reputation, and shameful secrets to keep. Teachers and police and his relatives think he's worthless, and he believes them, holding others at arm's length.

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Hatchet

Hatchet

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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes...

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Brian’s Winter (Brian’s Saga Series #3) by Gary Paulsen

Brian’s Winter (Brian’s Saga Series #3) by Gary Paulsen

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In the Newbery Honor-winning Hatchet, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. As millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if that hadn't happened? What if Brian had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

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Dogsong and Related Readings

Dogsong and Related Readings

$18.05

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Dogging: A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.

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The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)

The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)

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For when you need a page-turner. This one will make you ignore the laundry and all of your household duties, so don't say I didn't warn ya. 😆 Recommended for ages 12+.

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In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince.

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The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy)

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy)

$17.99

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Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya.

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The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

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Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

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Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)

Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)

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On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark.

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The Boundless

The Boundless

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The story of a boy who longs for adventure—and finds it!—on the Canadian railway. Slightly younger kids may enjoy listening in on this one along with your teen(s).

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When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she'd have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder's true mission was a secret Selah's crew didn't trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval'd. A place Selah hoped she'd never go.

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A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics)

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics)

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What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town?

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

$16.99

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A funny, moving tale from one of today's very best authors for young adults. What would you do if an English butler just showed up at your house one morning during the before-school frenzy? Absolutely delightful to read aloud (especially if you can pull off the butler's English accent!) Meet the author in his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep--one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.

 

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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

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A graphic novel that I highly recommend… even if you don’t usually like graphic novels! This one tells the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's courageous stand during Hitler's rise to power. Recommended for ages 14+. 

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Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the establishment.

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A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)

A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)

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A Night Divided joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content! With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities

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A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

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Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1)

Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1)

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How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
If someone destroyed your city?
If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart's world, David will need the Reckoners--a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.

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