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Binti

by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Publication Year: 2015

Blurb: A young Earthling from the Himba people is accepted to an intergalactic university, but finds herself negotiating with alien pirates instead.

Word Count: 24,500

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1964

Blurb: A boy wins a golden ticket to tour a magical chocolate factory.

Word Count: 30,644

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2002

Blurb: When 11-year-old Coraline Jones discovers a doorway to a parallel universe, she must fight to rescue her parents and save them all from a surprising threat.

Word Count: 44,000

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

by Chris Grabenstein

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2013

Blurb: Kyle Keeley is trapped by the greatest game maker in the world. He and the other captives must solve clues to escape.

Word Count: 47,493

Heartburn

by Nora Ephron

Genre: Fictional Autobiography

Publication Year: 1983

Blurb: When pregnant writer Rachel Samstat discover that her husband is having an affair, she plots revenge.

Word Count: 44,750

I’m Not Weird, I’m Just Quiet

by J.F. Wiegand

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2017

Blurb: Colin Quigley’s talk capacity is just 313 words and his chatty cousin is wearing him out. Can Colin find a way to get rid of his cousin?

Word Count: 35,638

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

by Richard Atwater

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1938

Blurb: Mr. Popper receives a live penguin in the mail and before long more penguins arrive. How will he keep all of them in his house?

Word Count: 18,188

Night

by Elie Wiesel

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Year: 1959

Blurb: The shocking true story of a Jewish boy’s life under Nazi rule.

Word Count: 30,000

Open Water

by Caleb Azumah Nelson 

Genre: Romance

Publication Year: 2021

Blurb: Two Black British artists fall in love and then navigate their romance.

Word Count: 40,000

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2014

Blurb: The award-winning story of the author's 1960s childhood as an African-American in South Carolina and New York.

Word Count: 30,318

Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1952

Blurb: A spider bonded to a pig finds ways to save the pig from slaughter.

Word Count: 32,119

Counterblow Clemency

by Naomi Shibles

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Year: 2023

Blurb: Promo City is blazing with advertising pollution, but all 16-year-old Bjorn Bear cares about is having fun, until the city’s deadliest assassins attack him.

Word Count: 40,000

Hatchet

by Gary Paulsen

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1986

Blurb: Brian, a kid with no survival skills, is alone in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet to survive.

Word Count: 41,672

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1998

Blurb: Stanley Yelnats was born with a curse, which lands him in Camp Green Lake, a jail for kids. Can he break free of his family’s curse?

Word Count: 46,554

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1960

Blurb: Karana is a young Pacific Islander who is left alone on an island with only sea life and her enemies—the wild dogs.

Word Count: 40,531

Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1934

Blurb: A group of passengers are trapped on a train in a snow storm with a murdered body. Brilliant detective Hercule Poirot must discover which one of them is the murderer.

Word Count: 46,303

Odder

by Katherine Applegate

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2022

Blurb: When a sea otter is attacked by a great white shark, how will it change her life?

Word Count: 28,771

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