12 Books to Read Before You're 12

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
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|September 1, 2014

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on…
Wonder
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|February 14, 2012

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY! 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…
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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|January 22, 1990

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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! i s the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond!  From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly…
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid # 1
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|April 1, 2007

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Boys don't keep diaries-or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized…
Smile
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|February 1, 2010

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From the artist of The Baby-sitters Club Graphix comes this humorous and charming true story! Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and…
Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper
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|January 1, 2008

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Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot - and two ordinary children on a mission. After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home…
The Hobbit
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|June 26, 2012

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The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.A timeless classic.Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the…
The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell: The Wishing Spell
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|July 2, 2013

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The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world! Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day…
Percy Jackson And The Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book…

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The Book With No Pictures
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|September 30, 2014

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A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work.…
The Paper Bag Princess
Picture Books

|May 1, 1980

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This bestselling modern classic features a princess who rescues a very snooty—and ungrateful—prince.
The Day The Crayons Quit
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|July 2, 2013

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The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have…