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Must-Have List: Grades 4-6
Many of the books on this list deal with issues of identity and coming of age. Children connect to the characters within and explore issues similar to the ones they might face themselves.
Among the Hidden 
by Margaret 
Peterson Haddix
Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly
by Gordon Korman
Pages & Co 
by Anna James
Ghost Boys 
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Giver 
by Lois Lowry
A Long Walk to Water 
by Linda Sue Park
Love That Dog
 by Sharon Creech
The Miraculous Journey of 
Edward Tulane 
by Kate DiCamillo
Tuck Everlasting 
by Natalie Babbitt
by R.J. Palacio
These books make excellent classroom read-alouds and are also wonderful for children to read on their own. They tend to generate interesting discussion!
I Am Malala 
Young Reader's 
by Raina Telgemeier
by Jeff Smith
Graphic Novels
brown girl dreaming 
Jacqueline Woodson
For Boys
Guys Read series
Edited by Jon Scieszka