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All's Faire in Middle School

Victoria Jamieson · Dial Books
Pages: 248
Format: Hardcover

Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire. Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working...
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Beyond the Bright Sea

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

"An award-winning, well-researched, historical novel about an orphaned girl who sets out with her adoptive father to learn about her past despite the many dangers they face. A poignant story of belonging and the meaning of family." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor- Winner of the 2018...
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Brave

Svetlana Chmakova · Yen Press
Pages: 238
Format: Hardcover

In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem when you always...
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA · Amistad
Pages: 166
Format: Hardcover

5 Starred Reviews!"This slim novel strikes a strong chord" - Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This complex tale of family and forgiveness has heart." - School Library Journal (starred review) "Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers...
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Forget Me Not

Elliah Terry · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor,...
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Frogkisser!

Garth Nix · Scholastic Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own.Aided by a loyal...
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Greetings from Witness Protection!

JAKE BURT · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals' best bet to keep a family alive. . . .The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation's most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching...
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In the Shadow of the Sun

Anne Sibley O'Brien · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover

North Korea is known as the most repressive country on Earth, with a dictatorial leader, a starving population, and harsh punishment for rebellion.Not the best place for a family vacation.Yet that's exactly where Mia Andrews finds herself, on a tour with her aid-worker father and fractious...
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

DUSTI BOWLING · Sterling Children's Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." - School Library Journal (Starred review) Chosen for the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List!Winner of the 2017 Reading the West Book Award for Children's...
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Refugee

ALAN GRATZ · Scholastic Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft,...
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Slider

PETE HAUTMAN · Candlewick
Pages: 278
Format: Hardcover

Competitive eating vies with family expectations in a funny, heartfelt novel for middle-grade readers by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact,...
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The Red Bandanna

Tom Rinaldi · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Adapted from the "New York Times" bestseller for adultsNthe true story of an unsung hero, whose actions on September 11th offer a lasting lesson about character, calling, and courage.
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