If you liked Holes (Louis Sachar)...
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  • A Place in the Sun - Jill Rubalcala (twist on survival and justice)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Dicamillo
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Curtis
  • Chris Crutcher (mature readers)
  • Crash - by Jerry Spinelli)
  • Ella Enchanted by Levine
  • Far North by Hobbs
  • Freak the Mighty by Philbrick
  • Frindle - Andrew Clements
  • Gathering Blue by Lowery
  • Harris and Me - Gary Paulsen
  • Harry Potter Books by Rowling
  • Hope Was Here by Bauer
  • Jip - Katherine Paterson
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Gantos
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key - Jack Gantos
  • Long Way From Chicago by Peck
  • Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
  • Monster by Myers
  • No More Dead Dogs by Korman
  • Number The Stars by Lowery
  • Scorpions - Walter Dean Myers (better readers)
  • Tangerine - Edward Bloor
  • The Beasties - William Sleator
  • The Car by Paulsen
  • The Fat Man - Maurice Gee
  • The Giver - Lois Lowry
  • The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
  • The Great Whale of Kansas by Richard Jennings
  • The Pirate's Son - Geraldine McCaughrean
  • The Smugglers – Iain Lawrence
  • The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Transall Saga by Paulsen
  • The View From Saturday by Konigsburg
  • The Wanderer by Creech
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Curtis
  • The Wreckers - Iain Lawrence
  • Walk Two Moons by Creech
  • What Jamie Saw - Carolyn Coman
  • Whirligig - Paul Fleischman
  • Wringer - Jerry Spinelli