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Banned Books Week is almost here!

I’ve been thinking of a series of reading list posts for several reasons, two of whom live in my house and are constantly looking for a more challenging read. I don’t know if any of these books have been challenged themselves, but we’ll get to those later.

So here is the first list, for anyone with a middle grader like mine who has a high-school lexile paired with the sensibilities of a tween. It’s courtesy of the ALA, the same people who bring us Banned Books Week!

YA books that won’t make you blush – All the excitement, none of the naughty.

Alender, KatieBad Girls Don’t Die.  Hyperion Books.  2010. 978-1423108771. $8.99.

Kasey’s dolls could give Chucky a run for his money.


Bodeen, S.AThe Compound.   Square Fish.  2009. 978-0312578602. $9.99.

Eli’s family survived nuclear fallout, but can they survive his father’s greatest lie?


Carter, Ally. Heist Society.  Hyperion Books CH.  2011.  978-1423116615. $8.99.

Heisting priceless art and cute boys’ hearts.


Farraiolo, JackSidekicks.  Harry N. Abrams.  2012.  978-1419701856. $6.95.

Bright Boy isn’t so boyish anymore.


Gier, Kirsten. Ruby Red.  Square Fish.  2012. 978-0312551513. $9.99.

A skipped gene leads to time travel trouble.


Griffin, AdelePicture the Dead.  Illus. Lisa Brown.  Sourcebooks (Fire). 2012. 978-1402268342. $8.99.

Eternal love from the grave.


Hale, ShannonCalamity Jack. Illus. Nathan Hale.  Bloomsbury.  2010. 978-1599903736. $15.99.

Jack to the rescue!


Harrison, Lisi.  Monster High.  Poppy. 2011.  978-0316176217. $8.99.

Cliques like no other.


Higgins, F.E.  The Bone Magician.  Square Fish.  2008. 978-0312659448. $7.99.

No one is surprised when the dead start talking.


Hoffman, AliceGreen Heart.  Scholastic.  2012. 978-0545141963. $9.99.

Life after a terrible tragedy.


Langan, JohnSearch for Safety (Bluford High).  Scholastic.  2012.  $5.99.  978-0545395489.

Where do you go when home is no longer safe?


Leavitt, LindseySean Griswold’s Head.  Bloomsbury.  2012. 978-1591940661. $9.99.

Payton can’t wait to get inside Sean’s head.


Northrop, Michael. Trapped. Scholastic. 2012. 978-0545210133. $9.99.

Snow day gone wrong.


ORoark, Francis DowellTen Miles Past Normal.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2012.  978-1416995869.  $8.99.

How do you make a good first impression with goat poop on your shoes?


Riordan, RickThe Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus, Book 1.  Hyperion Books CH.  2012. 978-1423113461.   $9.99.

There’s a new demigod in town.


Schmidt, GaryThe Wednesday Wars.  Sandpiper.  2009.  978-0547237602.  $6.99.

Surviving the slings and arrows of seventh grade.


Schreiber, EllenVampire Kisses: Graveyard Games, vol 1.  Illus. Xian Nu Studio.  Katherine Tegen Books.  2011.  978-0062026729. $9.99.

Prince Charming is a vampire!


Telgemeier, RainaSmile. Graphix.  Illus. Raina Telgemeier.  2010. 978-0545132060. $10.99.

All she wants for high school is her two front teeth.


*Van Draanen, WendelinThe Running Dream.  Ember. $9.99.  978-0375866289. $10.99.

Running away from her past and her future.


Walters, EricBetween Heaven and Earth.  Orca.  2012.  978-1554699414. $9.95.

DJ’s on the journey of a lifetime.


*Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy.  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2012.   978-1416940043. $9.99.

Watch out world of glamor, here comes Carlos!