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Books of Love

Valentine's Day might be a touchy topic for your tween. Help her escape with these tales of true love and friendship.


Amiri and Odette by Walter Dean Myers
A poetic retelling of Swan Lake set in an inner-city housing project.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Donna Diamond
The love between two best friends is strengthened when they build their own secret kingdom, and challenged when they are separated forever. Learn more.

Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
Any reader who has ever felt awkward will appreciate Jane Purdy's feelings when the cutest boy in town takes an interest in her.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Bryce and Juli alternate chapters and points of view as they explain how their feelings for each other have come, gone, and changed again and again. Learn more.

Four Stupid Cupids by Gregory Maguire, illustrated by Elaine Clayton
This whimsical, laugh-out-loud book defines true friendship and loyalty.

Kissing Booth by Lexie Hill
Lisi hopes a kissing booth at the Spring Carnival will get her a cheek kiss from her crush.  But has the boy she's meant to be with been in front of her all along?

No Body's Perfect by Kimberly Kirberger
As a slight twist to most guides to love, this book centers on loving yourself as a key to happiness. Learn more.

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet retold by Bruce Coville, illusrated by by Dennis Nolan
Coville tells Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers in simple, yet still beautiful, prose.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
A summer on an island surround science-loving Miranda in a world of myths, mystery, and a boy named Leo who challenges everything she knows about friendships and reality.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
When Stargirl moves to town, a boy who has tried his hardest to blend in is faced with first love, along with the complications of peer pressure and popularity. Learn more.

Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy
Shy, nerdy Molly tries to build a friendship with Mark when she learns her crush is unrequited.

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