20 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 13

Your young, independent reader will surely enjoy these classic and unforgettable titles before entering the teen years.

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20 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 13

The titles on this list are books your child will remember reading for a whole lifetime. That's because these stories offer a lifeline through "the awkward years" of late elementary and middle school.  The young protagonists in these adventures face loneliness, discouragement and a yearning for more as they navigate school life, family secrets and serious hard knocks.  Kids will came away from these books full of hope that they, too, will persevere — and even thrive.  Explore this list and encourage your child to read these enlightening books before hitting the teenage years. 

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