It can be challenging to find books that bridge the gap between children's classics and young adult novels. So Katherine's grandkids picked 19 books perfect for preteens that will keep the magic of reading alive!

The Tale of DespereauxThe Tale of Despereaux
By Kate DiCamillo, published by Candlewick Press

The Yankee YearsThe Yankee Years
By Joe Torre, published by Anchor

By Mike Lupica, published by Penguin Group (USA)

Siren SongSiren Song
By Anne Ursa, published by Simon & Shuster Children's

The WilloughbysThe The Willoughbys books
By Lois Lowry, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Charlotte's WebCharlotte's Web
By E.B. White, published by HarperCollins

One Hundred DressesOne Hundred Dresses
By Eleanor Estes, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Land of the Larn WeeniesLand of the Lawn Weenies
By David Lubar, published by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC

By Beverly Cleary, published by HarperCollins

Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie
By Laura Ingalls Wilder, published by HarperCollins

Walk Two MoonsWalk Two Moons and "anything she writes"
By Sharon Creech, published by HarperCollins

Tuck EverlastingTuck Everlasting
By Natalie Babbitt, published by Square Fish

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHMMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM
By Robert C. O'Brien, published by Simon& Schuster Children's

Roll of Thunder, Hear Me CryRoll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry
By Mildred Taylor, published by Penguin Group (USA)

Tom's Midnight GardenTom's Midnight Garden
By Rosemary Wells, published by HarperCollins

No Promises in the WindNo Promises in the Wind
By Irene Hunt, published by Penguin Group (USA)

Crispin: Cross of LeadThe Crispin: Cross of Lead books
By Avi, published by Hyperion Books for Children

The Great Gilly HopkinsThe Great Gilly Hopkins
By Katherine Paterson, published by HarperCollins

Bread and RosesBread and Roses
By Katherine Paterson, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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