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Father's Day Books for Older Readers

These books celebrate the special relationship between kids and their fathers.
 
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How I Saved My Father's Life: And Ruined Everything Else
by Ann Hood

An acclaimed author of adult novels and short stories delivers her first novel for young readers, with this story of a 12-year-old girl's quest for faith and understanding in the face of her parents' divorce and a move to a new town. Everything changes when the family visits Italy during the summer.

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Out of Patience
by Brian Meehl

Some folks have skeletons in their closets. The Waters' have toilets.

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Sea Legs
by Alex Shearer
Eric and Clive's widowed dad is a steward on a cruise ship, and every time he goes away, the twins miss him terribly. Eric (older and considerably wiser than Clive by about five minutes) and Clive decide that this time will be different.
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Summer Switch
by Mary Rodgers
In the Andrews family, wishing you were someone else can have serious consequences! Twelve-year-old Benjamin "Ape Face" Andrews must learn this the hard way when, about to board a bus for a dreaded sports summer camp, he wishes he could change places with his high-flying executive father.
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While You Were Out
by J. Irvin Kuns
Penelope wishes she were starting fifth grade with her best friend, Tim, who recently died of cancer. When everyone pairs off with friends from last year, Penelope is alone, with only her dad, the new janitor, to keep her company. Dad means well, but he keeps embarrassing her by acting more like a kid than a janitor.
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Joey Pigza Loses Control
by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza, who is taking medication to keep himself from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the father he has never known

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Ramona and Her Father
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen , Tracy Dockray

Favorite author Beverly Cleary has been awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for 40 years of distinguished writing for children, and her best-selling books about Ramona, a well-meaning but often misguided little sister, certainly fall into that category.

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Stay Out of the Basement
Series: Classic Goosebumps, Book #22
by R.L. Stine

Live Plants... Dead People?

Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really.

But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they...meet...some of the plants he is growing down there.

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Suitcase
by Mildred Pitts Walter Illustrated by Teresa Flavin

Eleven-year-old Alexander "Suitcase" Bingham is tired of being teased for being over six feet tall  and not being able to play basketball.  Xander will do whatever it takes to learn to be a better player, and to win his father's approval in the process.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
by Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run and the three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

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My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and under-appreciated flying baby dragon, he packs his knapsack with supplies and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island. Nothing will stop Elmer from rescuing the dragon!

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Danny, Champion of the World
by Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell? Danny has a life any boy would love; his home is a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell.

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