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Books for When Your Child Is Too Young for "The Fault in Our Stars"

Has your tween asked to read "The Fault in Our Stars"? If she’s under 13, the novel might be too mature – suggest these readalikes instead!
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by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman is not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. Sure, he's a huge Star Wars fan, he loves his dog, and he's got a pretty good sense of humor. But August was born with a craniofacial abnormality, a genetic defect that caused his facial features to be severely deformed. His life has never been "normal."

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by Cynthia Lord
This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance.
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.
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by Raina Telgemeier Illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.

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by Raina Telgemeier Illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
2013 Stonewall Honor Book
Callie loves theater. and while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of "Moon over Mississippi," she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget.
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The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Dave McKean

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be "completely" normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

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Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

Time drags by for Winnie Foster, an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a house bordering the woods owned by her family. Winnie spends her summer days under the watchful eye of her grandmother.

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by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and a gifted artist. She also has Asperger's syndrome, and lives in a world of her own. Her brother, Devon, was the one who always helped her get by. But a middle-school shooting took his life.

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Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it.
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by Lois Lowry
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by Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire

In many ways, 11-year-old Hazel is just like any other fifth grader. She's losing patience with her mom, her new school, and her absentee dad. She's entirely committed to Jack, her best friend, the one person who shares her love of baseball, superheroes, and wild imaginings.

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by Alyson Noël

As soon as twelve-year-old Riley dies and crosses the bridge into Here & Now, her existence continues. She is assigned to a guide at school, Bodhi, and the two of them must train as Soul Catchers by dealing with two different ghosts at Warmington Castle.

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