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100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 from NPR

NPR just released their list of 100 Must-Reads for kids 9-14. By a stroke of luck, I found myself on the committee to curate the list with with some serious children’s literature heavy hitters – Rita Williams-Garcia, Margi Preus, Linda Sue Park, Gussie Lewis, and Soman Chainani.

As for how the list came together, our committee looked at all the audience nominations that came in a few weeks ago, then narrowed from there.

So now it’s here for you to take a gander at. What’s good? What’s missing? Have at it.

Click here for the list.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Well, Travis…I’m sure you know what I am going to say is missing. The Westing Game. Lately, I’ve heard some librarians call the book confusing, but I can assure you, the kids I give it to year after year aren’t confused. They tend to revel in the figuring!

    That said, I think i might just take your headings and see what I can do! Of course, I won’t have to take into consideration a million NPR responses!

    Thanks for doing the hard work. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during your conversations!

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