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Parent-to-Parent Recommendations: Best Books for Advanced Tween Readers

Check out these suggestions from other parents for age-appropriate titles for your advanced reader when it's time to move beyond YA.
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen Illustrated by Fulvia Zambon

Elizabeth Bennet is one of four sisters, all of marriageable age, and her family is being visited by a constant parade of often unsuitable suitors. Most notable among them is the handsome, conceited Mr.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Growing up in Alabama during the 1930s, six-year-old Scout Finch leads a fairly charmed life. Her dad, Atticus, is a kind single parent and a well-regarded attorney. Her older brother, Jem, and their lively, offbeat neighbor Dill are her best friends, and together they explore their sleepy hometown of Maycomb.

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Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

As a small boy, Pip meets two people who will affect his whole life: Magwitch, an escaped convict he is forced to help, and Miss Havisham, whose beautiful but cold ward Estella young Pip adores.

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Watership Down
by Richard Adams

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time.

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The Lord of the RingsTrilogy
by J. R. R. Tolkien Illustrated by Alan Lee

This special edition of The Lord of the Rings celebrates the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien with fifty gorgeous paintings full of beauty and mystery, specially commissioned from the noted English artist Alan Lee.

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Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Now a cult classic, this story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers, and, most importantly, true love is packed with high adventure, swashbuckling excitement and good-natured silliness.

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Along Came A Spider
by James Patterson
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Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

When a planeload of British schoolboys crash-lands on a deserted Pacific island, the surviving boys struggle to create order among themselves so that they have a chance at being rescued.

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Cry, The Beloved Country
by Alan Paton

Paton's deeply moving story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the backdrop of a land and people riven by racial inequality and injustice, remains the most famous and important novel in South Africa's history.

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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
This classic novel tells the tale of an unusual friendship between two very different men: the mentally challenged and sometimes violent Lennie, and his loyal yet reluctant caretaker George.
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