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Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

Chris Grabenstein · HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

What do you get when you add up1 middle-school bully2 bank robbers57 dogs in peril4,000 missing dollarsand5 daring troublemakersled by the one and onlyRiley Mack?1 crazy caper!In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein introduces Riley Mack—a twelve-year-old...
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Romeo And Juliet Together

Avi

The eighth grade's plan to get two reluctant "lovers" together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare's play has some very unexpected results.
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Boy's Best Friend

Kate Banks · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Eleven-year-old George has a dog, Bart, who seems to know everything about him-from when he is feeling sad to when he will arrive home from school. George's new neighbor and classmate, Lester, also has a dog, Bill Gates, and Lester thinks he is the smartest animal in the world. When their...
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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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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 Friendship Riddle

Megan Frazer Blakemore · Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

With nods to classic fantasy expertly woven into this surprising and emotionally-charged journey through the ups and downs of middle school, Megan Frazer Blakemore proves that even the bravest heroes need true friends by their side.Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle...
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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Judy Blume · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 138
Format: Print book

Sheila Tubman (Peter Hatcher's sworn enemy) sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of spiders, the dark, swimming and, most of all, dogs. When her family leaves the city for a summer in the country,...
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My Last Best Friend

Julie Bowe
Format: Print book

As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend--because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews, who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before. It's when the spark
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How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel

Jennifer Brown · Bloomsbury
Pages: 232
Format: Print book

Luke Abbott's school is the losing-est school in the history of losing. And that's just fine for him. He'd rather be at home playing video games and avoiding his older brother Rob and the Greatest Betrayal of All Time. But now he's being forced to join the robotics team, where surely...
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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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Starting School with an Enemy

Elisa Lynn Carbone

"Hurray for strong girl characters!"Author Elisa Carbone bursts onto the middle-grade scene with a laugh-out-loud story of a girl who tackles life head-on. Ten-year-old Sarah definitely has an attitude. But who can blame her? Her family dragged her along on their
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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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Raymie Nightingale

Kate Dicamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 263
Format: Print book

A 2016 National Book Award Finalist!Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie...
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Annie B., Made for TV

AMY DIXON · Running Press Kids
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.Eleven-year-old Annie Brown is used to being on the losing end of comparisons to her almost-always best friend Savannah. Savannah is MVP of the track team, has straight As, and, predictably,...
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Jubilee

Patricia Reilly Giff · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 149
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff writes a tender, timeless story about a girl who stopped speaking long ago, and how she finds her way back to her voice. For fans of Listening for Lucca, Fish in a Tree, The Rules, and Mockingbird. Judith lives with her beloved aunt Cora...
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Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

Chris Grabenstein · HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

What do you get when you add up1 middle-school bully2 bank robbers57 dogs in peril4,000 missing dollarsand5 daring troublemakersled by the one and onlyRiley Mack?1 crazy caper!In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein introduces Riley Mack—a twelve-year-old...
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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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The Great Treehouse War

Lisa Graff · Philomel Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie's parents got divorced and decided that Winnie...
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Words of Stone

Kevin Henkes

While exploring the countryside outside of his home, ten-year-old Blaze Werla spots a devastating message on the side of a hill. By the author of Sheila Rae the Brave. Reprint. PW. K. SLJ. AB.
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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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The Pages Between Us

Lindsey Leavitt · HarperCollins
Pages: 268
Format: Hardcover

Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship - and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between.Piper and Olivia have been...
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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Kristin Levine · G.P. Putnams Sons
Pages: 266
Format: Print book

The last thing Harry ?Dit? Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Proper -talking, brainy Emma doesn?t play baseball or fi sh too well, but she sure makes Dit think, especially about the differences between black and white. But soon Dit is thinking about a whole...
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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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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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Best Friend Next Door

Carolyn Mackler · Scholastic Press
Pages: 214
Format: Print book

Printz Honor and New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Mackler brings honesty and charm to this story of a friendship between two girls. Meet Hannah. Her name is a palindrome. Her birthday is on New Year's. She wishes she had a cat. She's medium height and a little awkward. Her life...
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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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Ship of Dolls

Shirley Parenteau · Candlewick Press
Pages: 257
Format: Hardcover

Can a ship carrying Friendship Dolls to Japan be Lexie's ticket to see her fun-loving mother again? A heartwarming historical novel inspired by a little-known true event.It's 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, Oregon, where...
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Sara Pennypacker · Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From Clementine author Sara Pennypacker, this is a poignant middle-grade novel about two foster children who must find a way to work together in order to survive.Eleven-year-old Stella misses her (unreliable) mom, but she loves it at great-aunt Louise's house. Louise lives on Cape...
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Penny Dreadful

Laurel Snyder · Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places! What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for?Penelope Grey wishes for something - anything! - interesting to happen, and here's what she gets:* Her father quits his job.*...
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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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Littlest bigfoot

Jennifer Weiner · Aladdin
Pages: 289
Format: Print book

From New York Times bestselling of Hungry Heart Jennifer Weiner comes a laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family...
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Annie B., Made for TV

AMY DIXON · Running Press Kids
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.Eleven-year-old Annie Brown is used to being on the losing end of comparisons to her almost-always best friend Savannah. Savannah is MVP of the track team, has straight As, and, predictably,...
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