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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

Set in a small Southern town during the Depression, this funny, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and her attorney father, Atticus, who risks everything to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

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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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The 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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Clear And Present Danger
Series: Jack Ryan
by Tom Clancy
When the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI are assassinated by Colombian drug lords, a mysterious covert response and an investigation of U.S. and Colombian actions are conducted by Jack Ryan.
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Along Came A Spider
by James Patterson
Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross becomes caught up in a kidnapping case that may involve Gary Soneji, a teacher at an elite private school who is also a schizophrenic psychopath and serial murderer.
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Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
William Golding's classic novel about a group of English schoolboys who are stranded on a deserted island remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1954.
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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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