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Favorite Books for 10-year-olds?

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I'm doing a summer reading program with my kids, to help encourage them to read books that they can read, but are a bit challenging. One of my kids is flying through the books. I've been searching Newbery award winners-- books that have stood the test of time. Good books!


I'm also looking into the Lexile numbers for the books so that I know they are challenging, but in her reach, as well. She is 9, almost 10. The past three books she has read had 1010, 1000, and 890 for Lexile, though a few of the books we have to read are lower, but I think are good books.


So far, she's read: The Egypt Game, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Trumpet of the Swan and Caddie Woodlawn. She is currently reading Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch- a really old copy that I can't find any Lexile info on. On the shelf: The Witches, Witch of Blackbird Pond, Indian in the Cupboard, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Island of the Blue Dolphins. (Currently eyeing Ginger Pye and The Westing Game.)


We listen to A LOT of books on tape- so we've covered Johnny Tremain, From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, the entire Harry Potter series, Number the Stars, Hugo...the list is long. 


So, can you please hit me with your favorite books for these middle ages? Favorite ones you read yourself? I prefer older books, if possible, but am interested in really good newer books, as well. 


Thanks so much! I've been searching for weeks now, so any insight would be great. 

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Recent hits include:


A series of unfortunate events (both audiobooks. Taking a break from the series in the middle of it)


Penderwicks series

His favorite has been Gregor the overlander series.

ETA: I don't even know what the lexile number you mention is, so my list has nothing to with that- just books my recently turned 10 boy liked.

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Ds10 really enjoyed listening to Heidi this year, it is our favorite so far. I also recommend Treasure Island, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and now DS is reading The Moffats, which he finds pretty funny. He liked Swallows & Amazons, but wasn't crazy about it. An easier book which he loved a year or two ago was Dragon Rider read by Brendan Frasier (sigh :)).

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The Secret Garden

Little Princess

Peter Pan

The Hobbit

Little House Series


All of a Kind Family

Esperanza Rising

Marry Poppins

The Railway Children

Snow Treasure

Alice in Wonderland

King of the Wind

Baby Island

By the Great Horn Spoon

Emily's Runaway Imagination

Little Pilgrim's Progress

The Toothpaste Millionaire

Naya Nuki

The Castle Corona

The Borrowers

Sign of the Beaver

Number the Stars

Black Beauty




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