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Children'S Books with Teen Appeal

You're never too old for a good kid's book. Some of our library users' strongest reading memories are from the books they read as children, often many decades before. Revisit some old favorites, or try a few new titles like these.

Heaven Eyes
David Almond
j fiction (also YA)
Having escaped from their orphanage on a raft, Erin, January, and Mouse float down into another world of abandoned warehouses and factories, meeting a strange old man and an even stranger girl with webbed fingers and little memory of her past.

Dovey Coe
Frances O'Roark Dowell
j fiction (also YA)
When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

Dream Freedom
Sonia Levitin
j fiction (also YA)
Marcus and his classmates learn about the terrible problem of slavery in present-day Sudan and raise money to help buy the freedom of some of the slaves. Alternate chapters tell the stories of the slaves.

Homeless Bird
Gloria Whalen
j fiction (also YA)
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
Vivian Vande Velde
j398.21 V244 2000
This collection of variations tells the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.

The Longitude Prize
Joan Dash
j681.11092 D229 2000 (also YA)
This is the story of John Harrison, inventor or watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to determine longitude accurately at sea.