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Clique Read-Alikes

Like the Clique series? Try one of these:

The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler


Ttyl by Lauren Myracle





The daughters by Joanna Philbin

Great Non-Fiction Books About Animals for Kids

Here's some great non-fiction books about animals for kids:

Sharks! by Anne Schreiber


Backyard detective: critters up close by Nic Bishop


Monster hunt: exploring mysterious creatures by with Jim Arnosky

Funny and Frightening

Do you like Michigan Chillers, or R.L. Stine? Want something funny and frightening? Try one of these:

Invasion of the road weenies: and other warped and creepy tales by David Lubar


The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Movie Challenge 6: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 6: watch two or more Film Noir movies to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badger too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

Crossfire [videodisc] an RKO Radio picture

The third man [videodisc] by Janus Films

L.A. confidential [videodisc] by Regency Enterprises

Else Holmelund Minarik Passes Away

Beloved children's author Else Holmelund Minarik passed away July 12, 2012 at the age of 91. She is perhaps best known for her Little Bear stories, the first of which was published in 1957. In 1997 New York Times named Little Bear as one of the best children's books of the previous half-century.

Movie Challenge 5: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 5: watch two (or more) movies about a musician to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badge too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

The bodyguard [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures

Ray [videodisc] by Universal Pictures

Amadeus [videodisc] by the Saul Zaentz Company

Teen Fantasy

Looking for some great teen fantasy, try one of these books:

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson


Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

If You Liked the Mysterious Benedict Society

If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:

The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist






The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Movie Challenge 4: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 4: watch two (or more) movies / tv shows either directed by or starring Ron Howard to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badge too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

A beautiful mind [videodisc] by Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures, Imagine Entertainment present a Brian Grazer production, a Ron Howard film

Realistic Fiction for Tweens

Here's some great realistic fiction for tweens:

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary; illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Every soul a star: a novel by Wendy Mass

The secret language of girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Hunger Games Read-A-Likes

If you liked The Hunger Games, then try one of these out:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi

Starters by Lissa Price

Partials by Dan Wells

The maze runner by James Dashner

Matched by Ally Condie

Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

Movie Challenge 3: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 3: watch two (or more) James Bond movies to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badge too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

Die another day [videodisc] by [presented by] Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions Limited


Casino Royale [videodisc] by Famous Artist Productions

Movie Challenge 2: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 2: watch two (or more) animated movies by Dreamworks to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badge too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

Shrek [videodisc] by Dreamworks Pictures presents a PDI/ DreamWorks production


Spirit [videodisc]: stallion of the Cimarron by [presented by] DreamWorks Pictures

Kids Fiction About Nature

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen


Island trilogy by Gordon Korman


A week in the woods by Andrew Clements


Eye of the storm by Kate Messner

Camp Out Overnight In Your Backyard

Can't go anywhere else? Camp out in your backyard. See old things as new. Maybe even read a book by flashlight under the stars.