Tag Archives: Coming-of-Age

On the Fence

by Kasie West

Conditional Recommendation: Sixteen-year-old Charlotte “Charlie” is a sporty tomboy growing up in a household of boys when a new job and a possible romance pushes her out of her comfort zone and into new ways of being a young woman.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Old Town Shops, Book 2 of 2
Pages: 295
Published: 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

by Eiko Kadono

Unconditional Recommendation: Half-witch Kiki with her black cat Jiji follow witch tradition and fly off to find a new town to make home for her 13th year in this darling coming-of-age story.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 193
Published: 2020 (U.S. Translation); 1985 (original Japanese)  

Genre: Fantasy

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by Wendelin Van Draanen

Unconditional Recommendation: A humorous, honest story of first love, growing up, and changing perspectives told from alternating point of views.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 212
Published: 2001

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy

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When Courage Calls (Return to the Canadian West #1)

by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Unconditional Recommendation: A young woman leaves behind wealthy living to teach school in a poor, tragedy-stricken, Canadian mining town.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Return to the Canadian West, Book One
Pages: 329
Published: 2014

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

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Airborn (Matt Cruse #1)

by Kenneth Oppel

Conditional Recommendation: Matt, a young cabin boy, helps Kate, a passenger, discover a new species and together they endeavor to save their airship from murderous pirates.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Matt Cruse, Book One
Pages: 544
Published: 2004
Genre: Adventure

Awards: 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature, 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book (ALA), 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2004 Red Maple Award (OLA)

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Anne of Green Gables (#1)

by L. M. Montgomery

Unconditional Recommendation: A young orphan girl with a zest for life and a big imagination gets into adventures, scrapes, and makes many hilarious mistakes as she makes Green Gables her home.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book One
Pages: 308
Published: 1908

Genre: Classic

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