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Ms. Bixby's Last Day

John David Anderson · Walden Pond Press
Pages: 300
Format: Hardcover

A funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones...
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Home of the Brave

Katherine Applegate · Square Fish
Pages: 268
Format: Print book

A man I helped to settle heretaught me a saying from Africa.I'll bet you would like it:A cow is God with a wet nose.Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home....
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Sounder

William H Armstrong
Format: Book

A new series of companions to well loved and often read middle-grade novels.Sounder by William H. Armstrong is a favorite middle grade novel. This companion gives background on the author, questions to guide reading, clues to themes, plot, characters, and setting of the bo
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Ruby on the Outside

Nora Raleigh Baskin · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 163
Format: Hardcover

Ruby's mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel from the author of The Summer Before Boys that accurately and sensitively addresses a subject too often overlooked.Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes is about to start middle school, and only her aunt...
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Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Kate Beasley · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"Meet the new Ramona Quimby!" -- Entertainment WeeklyGertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides...
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A Whole New Ballgame

Phil Bildner · Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
Pages: 243
Format: Print book

"From the first morning with their odd new teacher fifth grade is full of shocking surprises for best friends Rip and Red"--
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The Distance to Home

Jenn Bishop · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 230
Format: Print book

For fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Rita Williams-Garcia, Jenn Bishop s heartwarming debut is a celebration of sisterhood and summertime, and of finding the courage to get back in the game. Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship,...
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The Pinballs

Betsy Cromer Byars
Format: Book

Three lonely foster children learn to care about themselves and each other.
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Strider

Beverly Cleary

Strider has a new habit. Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot. It isn't an accident because he always does it. I like to think he doesn't want to leave me. Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy? It looks as if Strider can. He's a dog that loves to run; because of Strider,...
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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Leslie Connor · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 378
Format: Hardcover

Junior Library Guild Selection * Kids' Indie Next List PickFrom Leslie Connor, award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch, comes a soaring and heartfelt story about love, forgiveness, and how innocence makes us all rise up. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook is a powerful...
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The Boy on the Porch

Sharon Creech · HarperCollins
Format: Book

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler will love her latest tween novel about finding family when you least expect it.When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob can't explain his history....
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P.s. Longer Letter Later

Paula Danziger · Scholastic Press
Pages: 234
Format: Print book

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Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

ANGELA DOMINGUEZ · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

In her first middle-grade novel, award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a heartwarming story based on her own experiences growing up Mexican-American. Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish....
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Out of My Mind

Sharon M Draper · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind" should be it" (Denver Post") .Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything...
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Mockingbird (Mok'ing-bûrd)

Kathryn Erskine · Philomel Books
Pages: 235
Format: Hardcover

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl...
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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Karina Yan Glaser · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home...
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Absolutely Almost

Lisa Graff · Penguin Group USA
Pages: 7
Format: Book

From the author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel about figuring out who you are and doing what you love.Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most...
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Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

Kristin L Gray · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Pages: 198
Format: Hardcover

Vilonia is determined to prove she's responsible enough to care for a dog in this "sensitive and uplifting coming-of-age" (Publishers Weekly) novel.Being responsible is NOT easy. Fourth grader Vilonia hasn't lost her rain coat in the three weeks she's had it and she's brushed...
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Lights, Camera, Cook!

Charise Mericle Harper · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 185
Format: Hardcover

A zesty series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! It's "lights, camera, cook!" for four tween contestants - energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver - who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids...
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Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

Robin Herrera · Harry N Abrams Inc
Pages: 261
Format: Hardcover

Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue...
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Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 276
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller!The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in. "Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge...
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You Go First

ERIN ENTRADA KELLY · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly's You Go First is an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Her perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale.Twelve-year-old...
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Slacker

Gordon Korman · Scholastic Press
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It's not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him. Oops. It's...
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A Handful of Stars

Cynthia Lord · Scholastic Press
Pages: 184
Format: Hardcover

This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago...
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Rules

Cynthia Lord · transcribed by Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Pages: 181
Format: Audio CD

A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach...
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Number the Stars

Lois Lowry · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 137
Format: Hardcover

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles...
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The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

Jenny Lundquist · Aladdin Books
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Izzy Malone, a spunky girl who wants to be part of an elite rowing club, must first attend a very unique charm school in this first novel of a brand-new duology from the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly.Izzy Malone isn't your typical sixth grader. She wears camouflage combat...
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Annie's Life in Lists

Kristin Mary Mahoney · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

If you love kids like: 1. Anatastia Krupnik2. Ramona Quimby3. The Penderwicksthen you will love Annie! For Annie, lists are how she keeps her whole life in order. And there is a lot to keep track of!Annie's a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps...
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Slacker

Gordon Korman · Scholastic Press
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It's not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him. Oops. It's...
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Rain Reign

Ann M Martin · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 226
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller!Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein) , which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's...
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Confessions from the Principal's Kid

Robin Mellom · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal's kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She's friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group...
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Wish

Barbara O'Connor · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal loversEleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing...
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Wonder

R J Palacio · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 315
Format: Hardcover

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind...
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The Great Gilly Hopkins

Katherine Paterson · HarperCollins
Format: Paperback

Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters -- by far the strangest family...
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Love From Your Friend, Hannah

Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
Format: Hardcover

Here is a year of letters, at times hilarious, at others, touching or suspenseful. The principal correspondent is Hannah Diamond of quiet Grand View, New York, who writes one day to Edward Winchley, a farm boy of Wichita, Kansas. "when I picked that piece of paper out of the
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Save Me a Seat

Sarah Weeks · Scholastic Pr
Pages: 216
Format: Hardcover

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding...
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Front Desk

Kelly Yang · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner,...
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