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Best new books for older kids

Teen-eating monsters, visiting angels, world-scourging viruses! This year's 6 best new page turners are sure to please your favorite tween or teen.

By Susan Freinkel

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The Summer I Learned to Fly

By Dana Reinhardt

Ages: 11 and up

In the passage from childhood to adulthood, there’s a point when discovery about oneself and the world begins to take root. For Drew Solo, the heroine of this book, that point takes place in the summer before eighth grade. It's 1986 and she's 13, living in a small California town with her mother, who runs a gourmet cheese shop. Drew loves the adults in her life and her pet rat, but she yearns for a friend her own age. That friend arrives in the unexpected person of a slightly older boy, Emmett Crane. At first Emmett tells her little about himself, but eventually he reveals his secret dream: to find a legendary spring said to have healing waters. Joining Emmett on his quest brings new understanding about belief, family, what it means to have a friend, and to be one.

Bottom line: The Summer I Learned to Fly, is the perfect pick for readers who like stories centered around relationships.

Susan Freinkel is the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and has written for the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Real Simple, and other national publications.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

11/28/2011:
"voy a pedir libros para mis hijos de 10 y 13 años para que se inicien en la lectura sana y espero que me sigan enviando titulos de libros sanos para los niños gracias felicidades! "
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