Something a bit different for kids ~10+

Stuck in that netherworld between “kid” and “teen books”? Here’s a sampling of some books you may not have heard of that just may grab your attention, tickle your funny bone, or hit you in an unexpected way.

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Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce: Funny, engaging book that has a bit of a modern Roald Dahl feel

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles) by Suzanne Collins (author of the teen Divergent series): Don’t be put off by the emphasis on rats and giant cockroaches in the book blurb–this series had some highly devoted fans, and is considered a vivid, fast-paced, and original story.

The Roar and The Whisper by Emma Clayton: Fast-paced but well-developed sci-fi/dystopian fiction that will appeal to readers who may want a less-violent but exciting series in the dystopian, futuristic vein of Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Ender’s Game.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Newbury Honor book;  often funny retelling of Cinderella with a new spin. Note that the movie and book follow different paths, leaving fans divided on which is better!