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John David Anderson · Walden Pond Press
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover

With multiple starred reviews, don't miss this humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, social media, and the failures of communication between kids. From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby's Last Day.In middle school, words...
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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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See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan

Jack Cheng · Dial Books
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons. 11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan - named for his hero,...
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Counting Thyme

Melanie Conklin · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Newbery-winning Rules meets Counting by 7s in this affecting story of a girl's devotion to her brother and what it means to be homeWhen eleven-year-old Thyme Owens' little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it's just the second chance that he needs. But it also means...
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Cyclone

DOREEN CRONIN · Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Nora's whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm, big-hearted debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Doreen Cronin.Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney...
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Truth or Dare

Barbara Dee · Aladdin
Pages: 244
Format: Print book

A few white lies during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for Lia in this brand-new novel from Barbara Dee.When Lia returns after a summer with her eccentric aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of five friends. Everyone...
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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 family shows...
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Chasing Augustus

KIMBERLY NEWTON FUSCO · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A sweetly satisfying novel about a girl and her lost dog, perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Holm and Kirby Larson. Rosie's led a charmed life with her loving dad, who runs the town donut shop. It's true her mother abandoned them when Rosie was just a baby, but her dad's all she's ever needed....
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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff · Philomel Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won't let one tragic accident define him. Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake...
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When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 247
Format: Print book

A breathtaking middle-grade novel about happiness, loss, and an unforgettable dog named Flip"This story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are life's biggest magic." - Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me Ben Coffin has never been...
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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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The Secret Language of Girls

Frances O'Roark Dowell · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 247
Format: Print book

In the old days, when Kate had no interest in romance, she never cared what other people thought. Now, it appeared, love was turning her into a rotten human being. Eleven-year-old Kate Faber wishes she could talk to her best friend Marylin about this. But Marylin is no longer her best...
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Amina's Voice

Hena Khan · Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 197
Format: Hardcover

"Amina's anxieties are entirely relatable, but it's her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist." - Entertainment Weekly A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after...
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OCDaniel

Wesley King · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover

"Complex and satisfying. Written from Daniel's point of view, this perceptive first-person narrative is sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, and always rewarding." - BOOKLIST (starred review) From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space! comes a brand-new coming-of-age...
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Still a Work in Progress

Jo Knowles · Candlewick Press
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

In a return to middle-grade fiction, master of perspectives Jo Knowles depicts a younger sibling struggling to maintain his everyday life while coping with his sister's secret struggle.Noah is just trying to make it through seventh grade. The girls are confusing, the homework is boring,...
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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Stacy McAnulty · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Middle school is the one problem Lucy Callahan can't solve in this middle-grade novel perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by 7s.Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level...
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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, Kammie's...
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Train I Ride

Paul Mosier · HarperCollins
Pages: 181
Format: Hardcover

From Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Paul Mosier comes a poignant story about a young girl's travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago in which she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and Sharon Creech. Rydr is on a train...
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Be Light Like a Bird

Monika Schröder · Capstone Young Readers
Pages: 239
Format: Print book

After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren...
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Short

Holly Goldberg Sloan · Dial Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In this heartwarming, funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll...
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Falling Over Sideways

Jordan Sonnenblick · Scholastic (Us)
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

It's not easy being Claire. (Really.) Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder, who's just as bad, if not worse....
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The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Jordan Sonnenblick · Scholastic Press
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids. Maverick wants to change all that....
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The Meaning of Maggie

Megan Jean Sovern · Chronicle Books Llc
Pages: 220
Format: Print book

* "Smart, sensitive, sad and funny." - Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewAs befits a future President of the United States of America, Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it's been! During this period she's Student of the Month...
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Crash

Jerry Spinelli
Format: Library Binding

John Coogan, better known as Crash because o f his reputation on the football field, is proud of his mach o image, and when he meets gentle Quaker, Penn Webb, he find s a prime victim for bullying. '
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Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 289
Format: Hardcover

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it's the start of seventh grade,...
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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

Wendelin Van Draanen · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Library Binding

Award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen gives us a fresh and funny story about a boy learning to become the brave hero of his own life. Perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and The Fourteenth Goldfish. My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin'...
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Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry

Susan Vaught · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

A mysterious note takes Dani Beans into the secrets of Ole Miss and its dark past in this compelling new middle grade novel from the author of Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy."Sooner or later, we're all gonna be okay." That's what Dani's Grandma Beans used to say. But that was before...
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Caleb and Kit

Beth Vrabel · Running Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That's because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective...
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So B. It

Sarah Weeks
Format: Print book

You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew twenty-three words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the
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The Way to Bea

Kat Yeh · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

With a charming voice, winning characters, and a perfectly-woven plot, Kat Yeh delivers a powerful story of friendship and finding a path towards embracing yourself.Everything in Bea's world has changed. She's starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where...
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