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Return to Sender

Julia Alvarez · Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Book

After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly...
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Soar

Joan Bauer · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Honor-winner Joan Bauer's newest protagonist always sees the positive side of any situation - and readers will cheer him on!Jeremiah is the world's biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when...
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The Thing About Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 334
Format: Hardcover

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist! Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi...
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Dustin Grubbs: One Man Show

John J. Bonk · Little, Brown Young Readers; First Edition edition
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Maybe wanting to be an actor is kind of an ambitious career goal for an 11-year-old, but this doesn't stop Dustin Grubbs. He refuses to accept defeat, like when the school play he's assistant directing and starring in, The Castle of The Crooked Crowns, seems doomed to failure at every...
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Kat, Incorrigible

Stephanie Burgis · Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that shes inherited her mothers magical talents, and despite Stepmamas stern objections, shes determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissas intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kats...
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The Truth about Truman School

Dori Hillestad Butler · Albert Whitman & Company
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

When Zebby and Amr create the website thetruthabouttruman.com, they want it to be honest. They want it to be about the real Truman Middle School, to say things that the school newspaper would never say.
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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms...
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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

Gennifer Choldenko
Pages: 224

Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.
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The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Mick Cochrane · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself.Molly doesn't want to be seen as "Miss Difficulty Overcome"; she wants to make herself...
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Absolutely Normal Chaos

Sharon Creech · HarperCollins; 1st American ed edition
Format: Print book

A prequel to the 1995 Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, Absolutely Normal Chaos proves that Sharon Creech is not the kind of author you meet once and forget -- she writes with a memorable voice that speaks directly to the thoughts and feelings of her readers. Absolutely Normal Chaos...
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Hour of the Bees

Lindsay Eagar · Candlewick Press
Pages: 360
Format: Print book

What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.

Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .

While her friends are spending their...
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The Bubble Wrap Boy

Phil Earle · Delacorte Press, 2015.
Pages: 278
Format: Print book

A funny and inspiring novel about friendship, family, and one undersized boy's ability to think BIG. Charlie Han's troubles are much bigger than he is. At school he's branded an outsider, a loser - the tiny kid from the Chinese takeout. His only ally is Sinus Sedgely, a kid with...
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Where You'll Find Me

Natasha Friend · Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

""Natasha Friend, I loved your book. I was hooked from the first page." -- Judy Blume

The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself...
DUMPED by her best friend Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade "hanging out with different...

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95 Pounds of Hope

Anna Gavalda

Gregory has never liked school. And now that he's in sixth grade, life has only gotten worse. He's been held back twice and expelled once. His parents think he should go to boarding school, but his only happy moments have been found in his grandfather's cluttered shed, among the t
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My Life in Pink & Green: Pink & Green Book One

Lisa Greenwald · Amulet Books
Pages: 267
Format: Print book

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family's struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips...
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Hoot

Carl Hiaasen · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves Mother Paula's pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered...
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The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Tracy Holczer · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell...
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One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling...
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The Great Greene Heist

Varian Johnson · Scholastic
Pages: 226
Format: Hardcover

Jackson Greene swears he's given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he's running for Student Council president, against Jackson's former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it -- but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal,...

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The Girls

Amy Goldman Koss

Maya has been part of the group ever since the day Candace asked her if she wanted to "do lunch" in the cafeteria. Yet when Candace suddenly deems her unworthy, Maya's so-called friends just blow her off. While Maya just wants the girls back like they used to be, she
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The Wreckers

Iain Lawrence

There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wrec
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The Only Game

Mike Lupica · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small town with high hopes, from New York Times bestselling author and sportswriting legend Mike Lupica.

Jack Callahan is the star...
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The Inquisitor's Apprentice

Chris Moriarty · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 345
Format: Paperback

The day Sacha found out he could see witches was the worst day of his life . . . Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy. But when the police learn that Sacha Kessler can see witches, he's apprenticed to the department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Their mission...
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The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me

Sara Nickerson · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 326
Format: Print book

A story infused with warmth and emotion about finding something all your own while the world changes around you.

2015 BCCB Bulletin Blue Ribbon Selection

Determined to make some extra money, twelve-year-old Missy and her older brother Patrick get summer jobs picking blueberries...
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Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

Gary Paulsen

A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventu
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The Girl in the Well Is Me

Karen Rivers · Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 218
Format: Print book

Longing to be one of the popular girls in her new town, Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into their club. Now Kammie's trapped in the dark, counting the hours, waiting to be rescued. (The Girls have gone for help, haven't they?)

As hours pass,...
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The Blood Guard

Carter Roy · Two Lions
Pages: 279
Format: Print book

When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact,...
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Echo

Pam MunÌ?oz Ryan · Scholastic Press
Pages: 592
Format: Hardcover

Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation.

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
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Holes

Louis Sachar · Dell Yearling
Pages: n/a
Format: Library Binding

Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour is to dig a hole and report anything that he finds...
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The Eighth Day

Dianne K. Salerni · Harper
Pages: 309
Format: Book

In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes...

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Maniac Magee (Newbery Medal Book)

Jerry Spinelli
Format: Book

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins,...
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The Maypop Kidnapping

Cynthia Surrisi · Carolrhoda Books, 2015.
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

In the coastal village of Maiden Rock, Maine, Quinnie Boyd's teacher has disappeared. Quinnie thinks it's a kidnapping case, but her mom, the town sheriff, just thinks the teacher has left town. Still, Quinnie's going to follow her instincts that something's wrong. Her investigation...
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Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk · Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A 2017 Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

A young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying.

* An NPR Best Book of the Year
* A BOOKLIST Best Book of the Year
* An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book...
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