Realistic Fiction

 

 

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Author/Title

Date Pub.

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Higgins, Carter.   A Rambler Steals Home

Returning each summer to small town Ridge Creek, Virginia, where her father sells concessions after the minor league baseball games, eleven-year-old Derby Christmas Clark longs for a permanent home as she reconnects with grandmotherly June and uncovers hidden secrets.

2017

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Mosier, Paul.   Train I Ride

Traveling from California to Chicago after her mother dies of a drug overdose and her grandmother of lung cancer, thirteen-year-old Rydr meets other passengers on the train and attempts to accept her own situation.

2017

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Pla, Sally J.   The Someday Birds

Charlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their father, who will undergo brain surgery.

2017

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Sloan, Holly Goldberg.   Short

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

2017

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Storm, Tallia.   Pop Girl

Aspiring singer Storm Hall is devastated when she has to miss a national competition to go on a family vacation in Hawaii, but when she meets a Hawaiian band that needs a singer, she starts to think vacation might not be so bad after all.

2017

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Sundquist, Josh.   Love and First Sight

Sixteen-year-old blind teen Will Porter undergoes an experimental surgery that enables him to see for the first time, all while navigating a new school, new friends, and a crush.

2017

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Torres, Jennifer.   Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.

2017

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Vail, Rachel.   Well, That was Awkward

There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.

2017

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Alexander, Kwame.   Booked

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

2016

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Allen, Crystal.   Spirit Week Showdown

Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Maya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

2016

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Anderson, John David.   Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

John David Anderson, author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, returns with a funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.

2016

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Arnold, David.   Kids of Appetite

Teens Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco sit in separate police interrogation rooms telling about the misfits who brought them together and their journey sparked by a message in an urn.

2016

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Asher, Jay.   What Light

When Sierra falls for Caleb, a boy who made a terrible mistake years before, she is determined to help him find forgiveness, despite the disapproval and suspicions they meet.

2016

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Barry, Dave.   The Worst Night Ever

Wyatt Palmer is just another undersized freshman hoping to fit in at high school, but when his best friend Matt Diaz's pet ferret ends up in the hands of the Bevins, the most popular boys at Coral Cove High, Wyatt and Matt try to get the animal back by attending a party for the cool clique and stumble onto the Bevin family's dark secret.

2016

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Beasley, Kate.   Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!

2016

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Benjamin, Brooks.   My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he's on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon's freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition--so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

2016

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Brown, Gavin.   Josh Baxter Levels Up

Because his family has moved again Josh Baxter is starting at a new school for the third time in two years, and this time he has really started off on the wrong foot--but when his mother takes away the video games that have become his refuge because of his poor grades, Josh realizes he has to come up with a new strategy for success.

2016

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Budhos, Marina Tamar.   Watched

Far from the "model teen," Naeem moves fast to outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents, their gossipy neighbors, and the other forms of surveillance in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens, but when his mistakes catch up with him and the police offer a dark deal, will Naeem be a hero or a traitor?

2016

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Cassidy, Sara.   A Boy Named Queen

Evelyn befriends Queen, the new boy in town, who does not seem to get fazed by bullies and lives by his own rules, and soon begins to learn new things about the world and herself.

2016

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Cohn, Rachel.   The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

In a story told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, Dash, Lily, Lily's brother Langston, and their friends travel to New York City to help Lily recapture the magic of the holiday season.

 

2016

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Dee, Barbara.   Truth or Dare

A few white lies told during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for a girl who returns home at the end of the summer to discover that her friends have become estranged and drama-prone.

2016

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DiCamillo, Kate.   Raymie Nightingale

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

2016

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Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Annie.   Somewhere Among

Eleven-year-old Emma's life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world.

2016

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Dumas, Firoozeh.   It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

2016

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Fraillon, Zana.   The Bone Sparrow

Subhi's contained world as a refugee in an Australian permanent detention center rapidly expands when Jimmie arrives on the other side of the fence and asks him to read her late mother's stories to her.

2016

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Frederick, Heather Vogel.   Mother-Daughter Book Camp

Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy go to Camp Lovejoy in New Hampshire to serve as counselors and when some of the young campers are stricken with homesickness, the friends decide to start a summer camp book club. (Mother-Daughter Book Club: Book 7)

2016

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Grimes, Nikki.   Garvey’s Choice

Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.

2016

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Grosso, Mike.   I am Drums

A single-minded twelve-year-old drummer, challenged by her school's budget cuts and her family's financial woes, must find a way to keep her dreams of drumming alive.

2016

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Harrington, Janice N.   Catching a Storyfish

After moving from Alabama to Illinois, the talkative Keet finds it hard to make friends and stops talking, and no longer feeling like herself, sets out to find her voice.

2016

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Harrington, Karen.   Mayday

Twelve-year-old Wayne Kovok loses his uncle to war and his voice to a plane crash in the same year and must learn to speak up as he navigates relationships with his father, grandfather, and new friend, Denny Rosenblatt.

2016

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Holm, Jennifer L.   Full of Beans

Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.

2016

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Joseph, Lynn.   Dancing in the Rain

Twelve year-old Elizabeth, usually happy and full of life, has her world crumble around her when the Twin Towers fall and her family falls apart. When Brandt, eight years-old, and Jared, thirteen years old, arrive on the island, Elizabeth shows them a new way to look at the world and she begins to laugh again. Together they must help their families overcome the sorrow and live again.

2016

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Kelly, Erin Entrada.  The Land of Forgotten Girls

Abandoned by their father and living in poverty with their heartless stepmother in Louisiana, two sisters from the Philippines, twelve-year-old Sol and six-year-old Ming, learn the true meaning of family.

2016

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Kendall, Christine.   Riding Chance

Since his mother died thirteen-year-old Troy has been skipping school and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and now he and his friend Foster have been sentenced to work in the local Philadelphia stables; at first he is apprehensive around the horses, but soon he bonds with a mare named Chance, and discovers the sport of polo--but also makes some new enemies.

2016

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Kerbel, Deborah.   Feathered

As her family and school lives begin to spiral downward, Finch strikes up a new friendship at school, but her new friend has problems that will require Finch to find courage to face.

2016

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Kiely, Brendan.   Last True Love Story

Hendrix and Corrina bust Hendrix's grandfather out of assisted living, and leave LA for New York in pursuit of freedom, truth, and love.

2016

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Knowles, Johanna.   Still a Work in Progress

“Noah tries to navigate middle school and help his sister, Emma, cope with a family crisis.”…Baker & Taylor

2016

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Konen, Leah.   The Romantics

When his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation, seventeen-year-old Gael is heartbroken until Love intervenes.

2016

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Krishnaswami, Uma.   Book Uncle and Me

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

2016

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Levy, Dana Alison.   The Family Fletcher takes Rock Island

Summertime brings the Fletcher Family back to Rock Island where the good times never end, but this summer the boys' favorite lighthouse is all boarded up and with the help from their new neighbors, the Garcia girls, the boys are determined to find out what is really happening with their lighthouse and saving it, no matter what the cost.

2016

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MacLachlan, Patricia.   The Poet’s Dog

A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet’s cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.

2016

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Nall, Gail.   Out of Tune

When twelve-year-old Maya's parents sell their house and move the family into an RV to travel the country, her only goal is to return home to audition for the singing competition show that is sure to propel her to country music stardom.

2016

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O’Connor, Barbara.   Wish

A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are.

2016

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Palatini, Margie.   Isabella for Real

Pretending to have a much more glamorous family life, eleven-year-old Isabella worries that her new friends at a prestigious private school will discover that she is a "big fibbing, faking phony."

2016

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Patel, Sonia.   Rani Patel in Full Effect

Rani Patel, almost seventeen and living on remote Moloka'i island, is oppressed by the cultural norms of her Gujarati immigrant parents but when Mark, an older man, draws her into new experiences red flags abound.

2016

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Paulsen, Gary.   Fishbone’s Song

Deep in the woods, in a rustic cabin, lives an old man and the boy he's raised as his own. This sage old man has taught the boy the power of nature and how to live in it, and more importantly, to respect it. In Fishbone's Song, this boy reminisces about the magic of the man who raised him and the tales that he used to tell--all true, but different each time.

2016

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Peck, Richard.   Best Man

Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

2016

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Penney, Mary.   Eleven and Holding

“Macy has always thought of her military dad as her hero. This latest job though has kept him away from home longer than ever - not even coming home for her birthday - so she decides that she needs to go bring him home. As she deals with the loss of grandmother and her missing father, she learns that growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be. Not everything is the way that it looks or seems.”…Madison’s review

2016

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Polisner, Gae.   The Memory of Things

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down, then while fleeing home to safety, he finds a girl covered in ash who has no memory.

2016

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Polonsky, Ami.   Threads

An American girl finds a note written by a Chinese girl forced to work in a factory in Beijing.

2016

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Pung, Alice.   Lucy and Linh

In Australia, Lucy tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.

2016

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Reynolds, Jason.   As Brave as You

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.

2016

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Reynolds, Jason.   Ghost

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.

2016

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Rivers, Karen.   The Girl in the Well is Me

Eleven-year-old Kammie reflects on her life as she fights claustrophobia while waiting to be rescued from a well she fell into while trying to impress some mean girls.

2016

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Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola.   Two Naomis

When their parents begin dating seriously, two girls, one black, the other white, who share nothing in common except a first name, try to find ways to get along after being asked to spend time together.

2016

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Shevah, Emma.   Dara Palmer’s Major Drama

Dara Palmer dreams of being an actress, but when she does not get a part in the school play she wonders if it is because of her different looks as an adopted girl from Cambodia, so Dara becomes determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight.

2016

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Sonnenblick, Jordan.   Falling Over Sideways

Harassed at her middle school, not taken seriously at home, and with a "perfect" older brother, Matthew, to live up to, thirteen-year-old Claire has always felt like her life was cursed--then one morning, when she are her beloved father are talking at breakfast, her father suddenly falls over with a stroke, and suddenly everything changes.

2016

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Spalding, Esta.   Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

The Fitzgerald-Trouts are four barely related siblings living together in a small car on a lush tropical island, but when they begin to outgrow their small vehicle, they must band together to find a new home.

2016

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Svingen, Arne.   The Ballad of a Broken Nose

Immersing himself in his love for opera in order to cope with a difficult life, shy and bullied Bart embraces an optimistic outlook and bonds with an outgoing girl who encourages him to perform in a school talent show.

2016

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Swaab, Neil.   Class Election

Self-proclaimed middle school expert and campaign manager Max Corrigan offers advice and practical tips on how to run for class president and win votes, including the essential skills needed to make a viral video, trade your lunch in the school cafeteria, and put a positive spin on any situation. (The Secrets to Ruling School: Book 2)

2016

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Teagan, Erin.   The Friendship Experiment

When scientist-in-the-making Madeline Little starts sixth grade, she soon learns that middle school is nothing like a perfect lab experiment--and that she now has to find the cure for her newly messed-up life.

2016

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Vaught, Susan.   Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry

A family mystery leads Dani Beans to investigate the secrets of Ole Miss and the dark history of race relations in Oxford, Mississippi.

2016

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Vickers, Elaine.   Like Magic

A best friend's departure, a parent's abandonment, and the arrival of a baby sibling challenge three ten-year-old girls who discover a mysterious treasure box in their library that they begin to fill with personal objects.

2016

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Vivat, Booki.   Frazzled: everyday disasters and impending doom

Nervous about middle school because her family does not get her and her friends know exactly what they want to do, Abbie Wu searches for her own passion before discovering a knack for leadership when injustices in the cafeteria come to light.

2016

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Volponi, Paul.   Top Prospect

Travis, a pre-teen quarterback with big potential, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when the coach of Gainesville University football program offers him a scholarship before Travis even gets to high school.

2016

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Weeks, Sarah.   Save Me a Seat

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

2016

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Welch, Jenna Evans.   Love & Gelato

After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mother's journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother's secrets.

2016

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Woods, Brenda.   Zoe in Wonderland

Introverted, daydream-prone Zoe is afraid her real life will never be as exciting as her imaginary one.

2016

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Yoon, Nicola.   The Sun is Also a Star

A scientifically minded girl who avoids relationships to help keep her family from being deported and a dutiful student who endeavors to live up to his parents' high expectations unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together. 

2016

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Young, Karen Romano.   Hundred Percent

Christine Gouda, called Tink, and her best friend Jackie are entering sixth grade, and suddenly everything seems awkward and just plain wrong--boys are behaving differently, clothes do not fit the way they should, long term friendships suddenly seem tenuous, and most of all she needs a new nickname because "Tink" just does not fit anymore.

2016

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Alexander, Kwame.   The Crossover

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. (2015 Newbery Medal Winner, 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner)

2015

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Arnold, Elana K.   The Question of Miracles

Unhappy about moving from sunny California to rainy Corvallis, Oregon, and grieving over the death of her best friend, sixth-grader Iris looks for a miracle and may find one in new friend Boris.

2015

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Gemeinhart, Dan.   The Honest Truth

A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.

2015

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Gino, Alex.   George

Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

2015

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Graff, Lisa.   Lost in the Sun

As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.

2015

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Hautala, Beth.   Waiting for Unicorns

After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Talia McQuinn goes to the Arctic with her father, a whale researcher. Over the course of one summer, and through several unlikely friendships, Talia learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness.

2015

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Hunt, Lynda Mullaly.   Fish in a Tree

"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"--

2015

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Jacobson, Jennifer.   Paper Things

Leaving with her brother when he decides he can no longer stay with their guardian, Ari endures a life of homelessness that challenges her schoolwork, friendships, and the promise made to her mother that she and her brother would stay together.

2015

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Lai, Thanhha.   Listen, Slowly

Assisting her grandmother's investigation of her grandfather's fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family.

2015

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Lord, Cynthia.   A Handful of Stars

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

2015

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Lupica, Mike.   The Only Game

Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls' softball team, seems to understand.

2015

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Mass, Wendy.   Graceful

Possessing a magical ability to alter the fates of others, young Grace follows instructions in books by the magician Angelica to correct magical imbalances in Willow Falls and protect her friends from magic-related pizza accidents. (Willow Falls: Book 1)

2015

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Murray, Martine.   Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars

Molly longs for normalcy but when her mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly must embrace all the things she has tried to run away from.

2015

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Patterson, James.   I Funny TV: a middle school story

Wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm's recent victory in the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest leads to a television sitcom based on his life, but being the star of the show forces him to balance his newfound success with the responsibilities of being a good friend. (I Funny: Book 4)

2015

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Schmidt, Gary D.   Orbiting Jupiter

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

2015

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Sonnichsen, A. L.   Red Butterfly

In China, a foundling girl with a deformed hand raised in secret by an American woman must navigate China's strict adoption system when she is torn away from the only family she has ever known.

2015

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Avery, Tom.   My Brother’s Shadow

Eleven-year-old Kaia, who has felt emotionally isolated since her brother's suicide, befriends a wild boy who mysteriously appears at her London school, finding a way to communicate with him despite his being mute.

2014

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Brahmachari, Sita.   Jasmine Skies

Fourteen-year-old Mira Levenson travels from London to Kolkata to meet her aunt and her cousin and to find out why the families haven't spoken in years.

2014

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Ehrlich, Esther.   Nest

On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother's multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.

2014

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Gebhart, Ryan.   There Will Be Bears

Sneaking his roughneck grandfather out of a nursing home so that they can share an elk-hunting trip, thirteen-year-old Tyson ventures into the Grand Tetons only to discover that his grandfather may not be healthy enough for the journey.

2014

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Graff, Lisa.   Absolutely Almost

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

2014

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Green, Tim.   First Team

The companion novel to New Kid, where Brock is in another new town after being on the run with his dad again, and this time, he joins the football team.

2014

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Green, Tim.   New Kid

“The former NFL defensive end and best-selling author of The Dark Side of the Game presents the story of young baseball champion Tommy Rust, who is forced to relocate once again with his on-the-run father before attracting the attentions of a bully and a troubled coach.”…Baker & Taylor

2014

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Herrera, Robin.   Hope is a Ferris Wheel

After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

2014

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Hood-Caddy, Karen.   The Truth About Brave

“Whether saving animals from the cruelty of a factory farm or dealing with her sister's suspected eating disorder, Robin struggles to choose whether taking action would be heroic...or going too far. Worried that she's a wuss compared to her friend Zo-Zo, Robin risks taking her own path, and finds her inner truth and courage.”…Univ of Toronto Pr. (The Wild Place Adventure: Book 2) (Paperback Collection)

2014

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Johnson, Peter.   The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez
As his English teacher focuses on poetry during the month of October, Benny faces down
the smartest girl at school while also navigating his friendships and a difficult family life
after his grandfather's multiple strokes.

2014

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Kadohata, Cynthia.   Half a World Away

Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.

2014

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Lord, Cynthia.   Half a Chance

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

2014

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Martin, Ann M.   Rain Reign

Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

2014

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Moses, Shelia P.   The Sittin’ Up

"When the patriarch of twelve-year-old Bean's sharecropping community dies, Bean gets a lesson in not only what it means to lose someone you love, but also in how his family and friends care for their dead"--

2014

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Nye, Naomi Shihab.   The Turtle of Oman

When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.

2014

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Parker, Lehua.   One Boy, No Water

Adopted as a baby by a family in Hawaii, water-allergic Zader discovers that he is actually the descendant of an age-old predator from the sea and must come to grips with this reality. (Hawaiian Collection Fiction)

2014

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Pinkney, Andrea Davis.   The Red Pencil

After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

2014

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Polonsky, Ami.  Gracefully Grayson

Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world

2014

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Vail, Rachel.   Unfriended

When thirteen-year-old Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings, made unescapable by the hyper connected social media world.

2014

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Van Leeuwen, Jean.   The Missing Pieces of Me

When nothing she does seems to please her mother, Weezie decides to find her missing father.

2014

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Vernick, Audrey.   Screaming at the Ump

Twelve-year-old Casey lives with his father and grandfather at their family-run umpire school, and as he deals with middle school and his mother's unwelcome return, he stumbles on a sensational story that has him questioning his dream of becoming a journalist.

2014

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Archer, Jennifer.   The Shadow Girl

"When Lily Winston's father dies on her seventeenth birthday, he leaves behind a mystery about her family's past--and about the mysterious shadow girl who has followed Lily and whispered in her ear for her entire life"--Provided by publisher.

 

2013

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Coker, Rachel.   Chasing Jupiter

"Sixteen-year-old Scarlett Blaine discovers growing up on a farm and caring for her autistic brother amidst family tensions is far from peachy. When a tragic accident and financial difficulties place more pressures on Scarlett's shoulders, she has to find a hope to cling to before it's too late"--

2013

Goldblatt, Mark.   Twerp

In Queens, New York, in 1969, twelve-year-old Julian Twerski writes a journal for his English teacher in which he explores his friendships and how they are effected by girls, a new student who may be as fast as Julian, and especially an incident of bullying.

2013

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Graff, Lisa.   A Tangle of Knots

Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever"--Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes.

2013

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Harrington, Karen.   Sure Signs of Crazy

Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer.

2013

Heldring, Thatcher.   The League

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother's summer football league, "The League of Pain," against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

2013

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Paulsen, Gary.   Vote: the theory, practice, and destructive properties of politics

Fourteen-year-old Kevin impetuously announces that he will run for student body president, mainly to impress his girlfriend Tina, but soon gets excited about making a positive difference in his school and community. (Paperback Collection)

2013

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Pauslen, Jim and Gary.   Road Trip

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy. (Paperback Collection)

2013

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Powers, J. L.   Amina

With her family torn apart after years of enduring Somalia's civil war, Amina Khalid begins creating street art to help her cope with her difficult situation and to inspire others to envision a better future for their country.

2013

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Urban, Linda.   The Center of Everything

Twelve-year-old Ruby finds her life spinning out of control in the wake of questionable choices and dreads an upcoming reading of her award-wining essay.

2013

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Vawter, Vince.  Paperboy

When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

2013

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Andrews, Jesse.   Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: a novel

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

2012

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Applegate, Katherine.   The One and Only Ivan

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. (2013 Newbery Medal Winner)

2012

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Bauer, Joan.   Almost Home

Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

 

2012

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Bauer, Marion Dane.   Little Dog, Lost

A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man's aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.

2012

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Bell, Juliet.   Kepler’s Dream

While her mother undergoes radical cancer treatment, eleven-year-old Ella stays with her father's mother in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she learns about grammar and family history, and helps investigate the theft of an extremely rare book from her grandmother's library.

2012

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Brenna, Beverly.   The White Bicycle

Taylor Jane Simon, an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome, struggles for independence and self-control as she deals with the effects of the illness on her daily life. (Paperback Collection)

2012

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Carvell, Tim.   Planet Tad

"Twelve-year-old Tad navigates a year filled with girl problems, school antics, and the worst summer job in history, all told in the form of hilarious, illustrated blog entries"—

2012

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Dowell, Frances O’Roark.   The Second Life of Abigail Walker

Bullied by two mean girls in her sixth-grade class, a lonely, plump girl gains self-confidence and makes new friends after a mysterious fox gently bites her.

2012

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Green, Tim.   Unstoppable

"If anyone understands the phrase 'tough luck,' it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison's luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents--his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison's big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he's practically unstoppable. But Harrison's good luck can't last forever"--Jacket flap.

2012

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Horvath, Polly.   One Year in Coal Harbor

In a small fishing village in British Columbia, twelve-year-old Primrose tries to be a matchmaker for her Uncle Jack, befriends Ked, a new foster child, tries to decide if she is willing to go to jail for her convictions, and together with Ked, publishes a cook book to raise money for the Fisherman's Aid. Includes recipes. (Companion to Everything on a Waffle)

 

2012

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Korman, Gordon.   Ungifted

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

 

2012

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Lean, Sarah.   A Dog Called Homeless

Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.

2012

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Matson, Morgan.   Second Chance Summer

After Taylor's father receives devastating news, her parents decide the family will spend the summer at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains where Taylor discovers the people she thought she left behind are still around.

2012

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Northrop, Michael.   Plunked

Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

 

2012

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Palacio, R. J.   Wonder

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

2012

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Patterson, James.   I Funny

Resolving to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

2012

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Pennypacker, Sara.   Summer of the Gypsy Moths

A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

2012

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Rupp, Rebecca.   After Eli

After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.

2012

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Sloan, Holly Goldberg.   Counting by 7s

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

2012

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Sonnenblick, Jordan.   Curveball: the year I lost my grip

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

2012

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Stead, Rebecca.   Liar & Spy

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

 

2012

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Stone, Phoebe.   The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Since a tragedy she cannot remember, thirteen-year-old Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again.

2012

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Stoudemire, Amar’e.   Home Court

Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends.

2012

Bauer, Joan.   Close to Famous
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

2011

Christopher, Lucy.   Flyaway

While her father is in the hospital, thirteen-year-old Isla befriends Harry, the first boy to understand her love of the outdoors, and as Harry's health fails, Isla tries to help both him and the lone swan they see, struggling to fly, on the lake outside Harry's window.

2011

Cooper, Ilene.   Angel in My Pocket

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

2011

Davies, Jacqueline.   The Lemonade Crime

When money disappears from fourth-grader Evan's pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it, Evan's younger sister stages a trial involving the entire class, trying to prove what happened. (Sequel to Lemonade War)

2011

Detorie, Rick.  The Accidental Genius of Weasel High

Larkin Pace, a film-obsessed high school freshman, chronicles his experiences as he tries to raise money for a new camcorder and get a date with the girl who has been his best friend since third grade. (Paperback Collection)

2011

Gantos, Jack.   Dead End in Norvelt

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses. Newbery Award Winner 2012

2011

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Graff, Keir.   The Other Felix

Worrying about his father losing his job and the bully at school, fourth-grader Felix has terrifying dreams of the same monster-filled place every night until he meets someone there who looks and sounds strangely familiar.

2011

Howe, James.   Addie on the Inside

Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.

2011

Lai, Thanhha.   Inside Out & Back Again

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

2011

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Lewis, Gill.   Wild Wings

Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm, and they eventually share the secret with others, including Jeneba who encounters the same bird at her home in Gambia.

2011

Mandelski, Christina.   The Sweetest Thing

Fifteen-year-old Sheridan, a master cake-decorator like her mother, loves her small Michigan town so when her father announces they will move to New York City, where his dream of hosting a cooking show will come true, Sheridan fears for her budding romance and becomes desperate to contact her long-absent mother.

2011

Mass, Wendy.   13 Gifts

Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.

2011

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Myracle, Lauren.   Ten

Winnie's celebrates her unique style through her first year with a double-digit age as she has many new experiences, from the high of spending time in New York City with her aunt and big sister, to the low of her two best friends suddenly becoming interested in boys. (The Winnie Years: Book 1)

2011

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Neri, G.   Ghetto Cowboy

Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.

2011

O’Connor, Sheila.   Sparrow Road

Twelve-year-old Raine spends the summer at a mysterious artist’s colony and discovers a secret about her past.

2011

Patterson, James.   Middle School, the worst years of my life

When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

2011

Polisner, Gae.   The Pull of Gravity

When their friend Scooter dies of a rare disease, teenagers Nick Gardner and Jaycee Amato set out on a secret journey to find the father who abandoned "The Scoot" when he was an infant, and give him a signed first edition of "Of Mice and Men."

2011

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Raschka, Chris.   Seriously, Norman!

Why are grown-ups so insane? That's the question Leonard, Norman, Anna and Emma (the twins) try to answer with the help of Norman's new tutor, Balthazar Birdsong (who is also fairly nuts).

2011

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Reedy, Trent.   Words in the Dust

Zulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilirating changes in her life as she defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her disfiguring cleft lip.

2011

Salisbury, Graham.   Calvin Coconut: hero of Hawaii

When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue. (Hawaiian Collection Fiction)

2011

Schmidt, Gary D.   Okay for Now
While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds and unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as they explore Audubon's art.

2011

Selznick, Brian.   Wonderstruck

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

2011

Urban, Linda.   Hound Dog True

Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.

2011

Weeks, Sarah.   Pie

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.

2011

White, Ruth.   A Month of Sundays

In the summer of 1956 while her mother is in Florida searching for a job, fourteen-year-old April Garnet Rose, who has never met her father, stays with her terminally ill aunt in Virginia and accompanies her as she visits different churches, looking for God.

2011

Yee, Lisa.   Aloha, Kanani

When Kanani's cousin from New York comes to Hawaii for a visit, Kanani is excited to show her what life is like in a friendly Hawaiian town, but Rachel's homesickness and a silly mistake threatens to ruin their friendship. (Hawaiian Collection Fiction)

2011

Yee, Lisa.   Warp Speed
Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly-feared.

2011

Yee, Lisa.  Good Job, Kanani

In order to raise money to protect the Hawaiian monk seal, Kanani sells shave ice at the beach, where she meets Tutu Lani, an elderly neighbor, and discovers the seals aren't the only ones who need help. (Hawaiian Collection Fiction)

2011

Yoo, David.   The Detention Club

Sixth-grader Peter Lee, in a desperate attempt to regain the popularity he had in elementary school, discovers that serving detention can win him important friends, much to the dismay of his over-achieving eighth-grade sister, Sunny.

2011

Almond, David.   My Name is Mina

Creative, intelligent, nine-year-old Mina keeps a journal in her own disorderly way that reveals how her mind is growing into something extraordinary, especially after she begins homeschooling under the direction of her widowed mother.

2010

Angleberger, Tom.   The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

2010

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Atkinson, E. J.   I, Emma Freke

Growing up near Boston with her free-spirited mother and old-world grandfather, twelve-year-old Emma has always felt out of place but when she attends the family reunion her father's family holds annually in Wisconsin, she is in for some surprises.

2010

Banerjee, Anjali.   Seaglass Summer

While spending a month on an island off the coast of Washington helping in her Uncle Sanjay's veterinary clinic, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray soon questions her decision to follow in her uncle's footsteps.

2010

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Bauer, Michael Gerard.   Just a Dog

Corey recounts the adventures and misadventures of his Dalmatian, Mister Mosely.

2010

Bell, Cathleen Davitt.   Little Blog on the Prairie

Thirteen-year-old Genevieve's summer at a frontier family history camp in Laramie, Wyoming, with her parents and brother is filled with surprises, which she reports to friends back home on the cell phone she sneaked in, and which they turn into a blog.

2010

Berk, Josh.   The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

2010

Budhos, Marina.   Tell Us We’re Home

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

2010

 

Carter, Ally.   Heist Society

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

2010

Chandler, Kristen.   Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me

Two teenagers become close as the citizens of their town fight over the packs of wolves that have been reintroduced into the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

2010

Connor, Leslie.   Crunch

The oldest Mariss brother, fourteen-year-old Dewey, attempts to be the "embodiment of responsibility" as he juggles the management of the family's bicycle repair business while sharing the household and farm duties with his siblings after a sudden energy crisis strands their parents far from home.

2010

Correa, Shan.   Gaff

In Hawaii, thirteen-year-old Paul Silva is determined to find a way to get his family out of the illegal cockfighting business. (Hawaiian Collection)

 

2010

Corriveau, Art.   How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (and a dog)

Moving to inner-city Boston after his parents' divorce, eleven-year-old Nicky struggles to cope with the changes in his life, including acquiring a former guide dog that leads to a mystery for Nicky to solve.

2010

De Goldi, Kate.   The 10 p.m. Question

Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced to face the ultimate ten p.m. question

2010

Draper, Sharon M.   Out of My Mind

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

2010

Erskine, Kathryn.   Mockingbird

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

2010

Ingold, Jeanette.   Paper Daughter

When her father, a respected journalist in Seattle, is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Maggie Chen, a high school intern at her father's newspaper, searches for clues to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, an investigation that forces her to confront her ethnicity and a family she never knew. Includes historical notes on Chinese immigration to the United States, "paper sons," and the Exclusion Era laws.

2010

Jackson, Alison.   Eggs Over Evie

Evie feels unsettled and sad after her parents’ divorce, her father remarries and takes the family dog, and his new wife becomes pregnant, but a cooking class and helping the elderly lady next door with her cat give Evie a way to cope with the changes in her life. Includes recipes.

2010

Jones, Marcia Thornton.   Ratfink

Creative, impulsive Logan vows to turn over a new leaf in fifth grade so his parents will let him have a pet, but when a competitive new girl arrives at school and his forgetful and embarrassing grandfather takes over the basement of Logan's house, doing the right thing becomes harder than it has ever been.

2010

Kadohata, Cynthia.   A Million Shades of Gray

In 1975 after American troops pull out of Vietnam, a thirteen-year-old boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village.

2010

Klise, Kate.   Grounded

After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn's life in tiny Digginsville, Missouri, proceeds as her mother turns angry and embittered, her grandmother becomes senile, and her flamboyant aunt continues to run the Summer Sunset Retirement Home for Distinguished Gentlemen, while being courted by the owner of the town's new crematorium.

2010

Krech, R.W.   Love Puppies and Corner Kicks

Thirteen-year-old Andrea is devastated when her parents announce that the family is moving to Scotland for a year-long teacher exchange program, but as she makes new friends, joins a soccer team, and her stutter improves, life does not seem so bad.

2010

Lupica, Mike.   The Batboy

Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team.

2010

Oppel, Kenneth.   Half Brother

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project--an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills--he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

2010

Reinhardt, Dana.   The Things A Brother Knows

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

2010

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.   Ninth Ward

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

2010

Senzai, N. H.   Shooting Kabul

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

2010

Silberberg, Alan.   Milo: sticky notes and brain freeze

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

2010

Sonnenblick, Jordan.   After Ever After

Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

2010

Tashjian, Janet.   My Life as a Book

Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

2010

Wiles, Deborah.   Countdown

The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by 11-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues.

2010

Williams-Garcia, Rita.   One Crazy Summer

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

2010

Winters, Ben H.   The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman

Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.

2010

Wiseman, Rosalind.   Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials

When she transfers to a new high school, freshman Charlotte "Charlie" Healey faces tough choices as she tries to shed her "mean girl" image.

2010

 

Wyshynski, Sue.   Poser
Eager to make friends when her family moves to California in the middle of her tenth-grade year, Tallulah lies about being an expert surfer which, when she is found out, ruins her reputation and her only option is to make the lie true.

2010

Alvarez, Julia.   Return to Sender

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders. 2010 Pura Belpre Award.

2009

Baskin, Nora Raleigh.   Anything but Typical

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

2009

Burg, Ann E.   All the Broken Pieces

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

2009

Carmichael, Clay.   Wild Things

Stubborn, self-reliant, eleven-year-old Zoe, recently orphaned, moves to the country to live with her prickly half-uncle, a famous doctor and sculptor, and together they learn about trust and the strength of family.

2009

Carter, Ally.   Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

When Cammie Morgan visits her Gallagher Academy roommate Macey in Boston during summer break, the two girls soon find themselves trapped in a kidnapper's dangerous plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

2009

Dee, Barbara.   Solving Zoe

Zoe's sixth-grade year at a Brooklyn school for gifted students is marked by changing relationships with her fellow students and teachers, recognition of her talent for cryptography, and a greater awareness of her passion.

2009

French, S. Terrell.   Operation Redwood

In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down.

2009

Han, Jenny.   The Summer I Turned Pretty

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

2009

Hiaasen, Carl.   Scat

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

2009

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Hof, Marjolijn.   Against the Odds

When Kiki's father goes missing during his volunteer work as a doctor in a war zone, she does what she thinks she must to improve the odds of his coming home.

2009

Kinney, Jeff.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  dog days

In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother's other ideas.

2009

Korman, Gordon.   Zoobreak

After a class trip to a floating zoo where animals are mistreated and Savannah's missing pet monkey is found in a cage, Long Island sixth-grader Griffin Bing and his band of misfits plan a rescue.

2009

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Logsted, Greg.   Alibi Junior High

After thirteen-year-old Cody and his father, an undercover agent, are nearly killed, Cody moves in with his aunt in Connecticut, where he is helped with his adjustment to the trials of attending public school for the first time and investigating a threat in nearby woods by a wounded Iraq War veteran.

2009

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Lupica, Mike.   Million Dollar Throw

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

2009

Martin, Ann M.   Everything For A Dog

In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother's death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own.

2009

Mass, Wendy.   11 Birthdays

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

2009

Park, Linda Sue.   A Long Walk to Water: based on a true story

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after immigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

2009

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Parry, Rosanne.   Heart of a Shepherd

Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.

2009

Potter, Ellen.   Slob

Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

2009

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.   This Full House

High-school-senior LaVaughn's perceptions and expectations of her life begin to change as she learns about the many unexpected connections between the people she loves best.

 

2009

Zeises, Lara M.   The Sweet Life of Stella Madison

Seventeen-year-old Stella struggles with the separation of her renowned chef parents, writing a food column for the local paper even though she is a junk food addict, and having a boyfriend but being attracted to another.

2009

Barshaw, Ruth McNally.   Ellie McDoodle: new kid in school

Ellie writes and doodles in a journal of her family's move to a new home and her struggle to make friends, which gets a lot easier as she leads a nonviolent protest about long lunch lines at school.

2008

Birdsall, Jeanne.   The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

2008

Butler, Dori Hillestad.   The Truth About Truman School

Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper's advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything, but things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harass one popular girl.

2008

Clements, Andrew.   Lost and Found

Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one.

2008

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Feldman, Jody.   The Gollywhopper Games

Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.

2008

Horvath, Polly.   My One Hundred Adventures

Twelve-year-old Jane, who lives at the beach in a run-down old house with her mother, two brothers, and sister, has an eventful summer accompanying her pastor on bible deliveries, meeting former boyfriends of her mother's, and being coerced into babysitting for a family of ill-mannered children.

2008

Look, Lenore.   Alvin Ho: allergic to girls, school, and other scary things

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

 

2008

Lynch, Chris.   The Big Game of Everything

Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus's golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of "The Big Game of Everything."

2008

Mass, Wendy.   Every Soul a Star: a novel

Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find.

2008

Nicholls, Sally.   Ways to Live Forever

Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him.

2008

Wedekind, Annie.   A Horse of Her Own

At summer camp Jane feels like an outsider among the cliquish rich girls who board their horses at Sunny Acres farm, and when the horse she has been riding is sold to another camper, she feels even worse until her teacher asks her to help train a beautiful but skittish new horse, and the experience brings out the best in her.

2008

White, Ruth.   Little Audrey

In 1948, eleven-year-old Audrey lives with her father, mother, and three younger sisters in Jewell Valley, a coal mining camp in Southwest Virginia, where her mother still mourns the death of a baby, her father goes on drinking binges on paydays, and Audrey tries to recover from the scarlet fever that has left her skinny and needing to wear glasses.

2008

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Wilson, Jacqueline.   Cookie

Plain and timid Beauty Cookson is teased by popular girls at school, but even worse are the unrelenting criticism and rage from her bad-tempered father, until the day her sweet mother discovers a way out.

2008

Woodson, Jacqueline.   After Tupac & D Foster

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.  Newbery Honor Book 2009.

2008

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Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn.   42 Miles

As her thirteenth birthday approaches, JoEllen decides to bring together her two separate lives--one as Joey, who enjoys weekends with her father and other relatives on a farm, and another as Ellen, who lives with her mother in a Cincinnati apartment near her school and friends.

2008

Applegate, Katherine.   Home of the Brave 
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

2007

Clements, Andrew.   No Talking

The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

2007

Frederick, Heather Vogel.   The Mother-Daughter Book Club

When the mothers of four sixth-grade girls with very different personalities pressure them into forming a book club, they find, as they read and discuss "Little Women," that they have much more in common than they could have imagined. (Series: The Mother-Daughter Book Club)

2007

Green, Tim.   Football Genius

Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.

2007

Holm, Jennifer L.   Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf:  a year told through stuff

Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items, this story follows Ginny as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.

2007

Kadohata, Cynthia.   Cracker!: the best dog in Vietnam

Rick Hanski, a young soldier in Vietnam, bonds with Cracker, his bomb-sniffing dog.

2007

Kinney, Jeff.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s journal

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

2007

O’Connor, Barbara.   How to Steal a Dog

Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

2007

Ryan, Pam Muñoz.   Paint the Wind

After her overprotective grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, leaves her extremely restricted life in California to stay with her mother's family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode.

2007

Smith, Roland.   Peak

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

2007

Carter, Ally.   I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

2006

Lord, Cynthia.   Rules

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

2006

McKay, Hilary.   Caddy Ever After

The four eccentric Casson siblings each contribute written accounts of the events--which include a Valentine's Day dance, the appearance of a sinister balloon, and the breakdown of a car--that lead to Caddy's wedding day.

2006

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.   Dairy Queen:  a novel

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

2006

Clements, Andrew.   Lunch Money

Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

2005

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Myracle, Lauren.   The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life

Seventh-grader Alli inadvertently arrives on the first day of school with underwear static-clinging partly outside her pant leg.

2005

Wiles, Deborah.   Each Little Bird That Sings

Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

2005

Avi & Rachel Vail.   Never Mind!: a twin novel

Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.

2004

Lupica, Mike.   Travel Team

After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

2004

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Weeks, Sarah.   So B. It

After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

2004

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Henkes, Kevin.   Olive’s Ocean

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer. Newbery Honor Book 2004.

2003

Yee, Lisa.   Millicent Min, Girl Genius

In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.

2003

Hiaasen, Carl.   Hoot

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. Newbery Honor Book 2003.

2002

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Matlin, Marlee.   Deaf Child Crossing

Megan is excited when Cindy moves into her neighborhood -- maybe she'll finally have a best friend. Sure enough, the two girls quickly become inseparable. Cindy even starts to learn sign language so they can communicate more easily.
But when they go away to summer camp together, problems arise. Cindy feels left out, because Megan is spending all of her time with Lizzie, another deaf girl; Megan resents that Cindy is always trying to help her, even when she doesn't need help. Before they can mend their differences, both girls have to learn what it means to be a friend.

2002

Brashares, Ann.   The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

During summer break, longtime friends Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget each embark on adventures that they share with each other through a pair of jeans that they have decided will be worn by all and so will absorb all of their stories.

2001

Jacobsson, Anders.   In Ned's Head

Eleven-year-old Ned, who prefers the name Treb, uses his diary to record his wild thoughts about romance, school, and the rest of his eventful life.

2001

Park, Linda Sue.   A Single Shard

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn how to create the delicate ceramics himself after he watches master potter Min making his beautiful pottery.  Newbery Medal book.

2001

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Joseph, Lynn.   The Color of My Words

When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa, a twelve-year-old would-be writer living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better--until the life-changing events on her thirteenth birthday.

2000

Na, An.   A Step from Heaven

Young Ju Park is unhappy with her journey to America as her family suffers hard times upon their arrival, yet when her father suddenly becomes violent, Young Ju is thankful when he leaves so that her family can start over. 

2000

Spinelli, Jerry.   Stargirl 

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

2000

White, Ruth.   Memories of Summer  

When Lyric's older sister, Summer, falls victim to mental illness and starts hallucinating, she and her family know that the lively girl they once knew is gone forever and now must cope with the challenges facing them all. 

2000

Bloor, Edward.   Tangerine 

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

1997

Cochran, Thomas.   Roughnecks  

Travis Cody prepares for the final game of his high school football career, a rematch with his school's chief rival.

1997

Spinelli, Jerry.   Wringer

As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.

1997

Konigsburg, E. L.   The View from Saturday

Four students develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

1996

Paterson, Katherine.   Bridge to Terabithia  

Jess Aarons gains the strength to cope with unexpected tragedy by going to a secret kingdom in the woods invented by Leslie Burke, a newcomer to his rural Virginia community.

1996

White, Ruth.   Belle Prater's Boy 

When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives.  

1996

Creech, Sharon.   Walk Two Moons

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route and Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.  

1994

Dygard, Thomas J.   The Rebounder 

Doug Fulton, coach of the Hamilton High Panthers, is certain that transfer student Chris Patton can lead the team to a championship, but a tragic accident has made Chris decide to never play basketball again.

1994

Dygard, Thomas J.   Game Plan  

When the hospitalization of Barton High's head football coach forces skinny student manager Beano Hatton to step in, he must deal with a rebellious quarterback and his own lack of confidence.

1993

Spinelli, Jerry.   Maniac Magee   

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

1990

Crew, Linda.   Children of the River 

Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and adjusting to life in her Oregon high school as a "regular" American.

1989

Voigt, Cynthia.   Dicey's Song  

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

1982

Voigt, Cynthia.   Homecoming

Abandoned in a parking lot by their mother, who left them with a bag of sandwiches and the address of a distant great-aunt, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman embark on an arduous and eventful journey.

1981

Hinton, S.E.   The Outsiders

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

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