The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice #2)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Ranger apprentice, Will, and his friend Horace are sent as envoys to Celtica in light of the coming war and they find themselves and their training put to the ultimate test.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #2
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books (June 26, 2007)
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy
Mood: Light/Gray

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

by John Flanagan

Unconditional Recommendation: A 15-year-old orphan boy is recruited and trained to become a ranger and must, with his master, track dangerous creatures before evil Morgarath’s bidding results in someone’s death.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #1
Paperback: 249 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books (June 8, 2006)
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)

by Shannon Hale

Conditional Recommendation: A young girl from a small mountain village must decide who to believe, who she wants to be, and which side to take amidst the political unrest of the lowland city.

Age: Mature Middle Grade
Series: Princess Academy #2
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (2012)
Genre: Magical Realism

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The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

Unconditional Recommendation: A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Hardcover: 90 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Mood: Light

Award: Newbery Medal

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The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3)

The Shadow Throneby Jennifer A. Nielsen

Conditional Recommendation: The boy king must, against all odds, use all his cleverness and ability to save his kingdom from the three nations who wage war against him.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #3
Hardcover: 317 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 25, 2014)
Genre: Adventure

Mood: Gray

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Princess Academy (#1)

by Shannon Hale

Unconditional Recommendation: Through education and friendship a young girl learns where she belongs in her mountain community.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Princess Academy #1
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (July 16, 2005)
Genre: Magical Realism
Mood: Light

Award: 2006 Newbery Honor

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: A timid young princess finds her courage when she faces fantastical creatures on her quest to find the knowledge to save her beloved sister.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 241 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (2001)
Genre: Fantasy

Mood: Gray

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To Win Her Heart

by Karen Witemeyer

Unconditional Recommendation: Using beautiful language, this book handles enduring truths about life and the Lord, has an engaging plot, and gives you a sweet love story.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand-alone
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2011)
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Mood: Light

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Anne of Green Gables (#1)

by L. M. Montgomery

Unconditional Recommendation: A young orphan girl with a zest for life and a big imagination gets into adventures, scrapes, and makes many hilarious mistakes as she makes Green Gables her home.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: L.C. Page (1908)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Mood: Light

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