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Fifteen (First Love #1)

by Beverly Cleary

Unconditional Recommendation: Fifteen-year-old Jane Purdy experiences first love and along the way learns that being herself is the best person to be.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: First Love #1
Paperback: 203 pages
Publisher: William Marrow and Company, Inc. (1956)
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Award: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1958) Continue reading

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Unconditional Recommendation: A story of mystery, transformation and new life for a neglected young girl, her fearful cousin, and an abandoned garden.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback:  358 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (originally published in 1911)

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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, Book One
Pages: 249
Published: 2006

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy
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