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Easy-to-Read Books for Older Readers: Ages 11-13

Surprise your kids with these easy books that hit on teen issues.
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by Jerry Spinelli

Crash Coogan, a seventh-grade football star, has been an aggressive person from the time he was very young; sometimes, he is too aggressive. He enjoys his rough, macho behavior until he meets an unusual neighbor who forces him to think about his life and his way of treating others.

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The Skin I'm In
by Sharon G. Flake

Maleeka Madison is a strong student who has had enough of being teased about her "too black" skin and handmade clothes. So when she starts seventh grade, she decides to adopt a sassier attitude and a tougher circle of friends.

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Someone to Love Me
Series: Bluford High, Book #4
by Anne E. Schraff
At first, Bobby Wallace was everything Cindy Gibson hoped for. He was friendly, seemingly mature, and handome — the perfect escape from her problems in school and even bigger troubles at home. But then, Bobby starts behaving strangely, and Cindy gets scared.
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Diary of a Junior Year
Series: Real Teens, Book #3
by Anonymous , Scholastic Editors
Their names have been changed, but everything these teens write about is true. It's real feelings and real life, as only teens can tell it.
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by Sarah Darer Littman

Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That's what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover.

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