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.