After reading this hysterical article, I started to think about what other books I adored between the ages of 9 and 13. There seems to be a theme of strong female characters. I should go back and do a few re-reads one of these days.
West Against the Wind -- historical fiction about a family on the Oregon trail. The main character gets her period on the journey - traumatic.
Walk Two Moons - still brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. Love the main character Sal and her grandparents.
Nancy Drew - read 'em all, the original series and the trashy new series. Was Nancy Drew for Halloween in 4th grade.
Find a Stranger Say Good Bye - Lois Lowry long before she wrote "The Giver." As Natalie searches for her birth mother, it's teen self-discovery at its best.
The Face on the Milk Carton - there are no words. Imagine seeing your own face on a milk carton!?!?!?!? (And having a boyfriend named Reeve who you kiss when raking leaves.)
All that said, I really did love when a Baby-Sitters' Club Super Special would come out. I may or may not have wanted to live in NYC because of Super Special #6.