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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

8. 'The City of Ember,' by Jeanne DuPrau

This modern-day classic is the first in an adventure series about two friends, Lina and Doon, who are desperate to save their doomed city. When Lina discovers part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and Doon, a boy from her class, must decipher the message before it's too late.