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Parent picks: What middle-schoolers are reading for the holidays

If you have a middle-schooler, chances are he or she is caught up in fantasy stories like Twilight, Shiver, or Cirque du Freak. These wintry recommendations are sure to keep your kid's nose buried in books.

By GreatSchools Staff

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When the Snow Fell

When the Snow Fell

When the Snow Fell by Henning Mankell (translated from Swedish by Laurie Thompson)
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 2009), $16

Nearly 14, Joel Gustafsson makes three New Year’s resolutions: live to be 100, find the ocean, and see a woman naked. The third in a quartet focusing on Joel’s coming of age, this book was shortlisted for the 2009 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. Set in Sweden, it might be the perfect book to curl up with this winter.

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