This Summer NPR did a Backseat Book Club series where they talked to kids and authors of good kids books. I heard a few of them and enjoyed them, I keep meaning to see if they have them on a podcast so we could listen to all of them sometime on a trip.... Nope. You can listen online though, so maybe someday I'll remember that. Here's a link to the Backseat Book Club.
Anyhoo-here's their list of 100 Must-Read books for Kids 9-14
I've only read 37 of them (Shhh! I've only been a librarian for a year!) Anna has read 27 of them. There were many squeals when she was reading the list-"Ella Enchanted is on here! That's my favorite book ever." "The Borrowers!" "Percy Jackson!!" etc.
(As a side note-when should she start Harry Potter? The problem I have is that the first few books are fine, but then they get pretty scary and dark. It worked initially, because the kids grew up as they were waiting for the books to come out. But Anna could read all of those in a month! And won't she want to once she starts?--any input?)
Looks like a pretty good list to me. What do you think?