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VERA BROSGOL · First Second
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

All Vera wants to do is fit in -- but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price...

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Beverly, Right Here

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still.
This was what Beverly wanted...
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The Bridge Home

Padma Venkatraman · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery...
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Caterpillar Summer

Gillian McDunn · Bloomsbury Children's Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

This beautifully written, emotional debut perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin tells the story a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.

"An engaging, honest book." --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor-winning author...

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Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work

Victoria Ortiz
Format: Book

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Each Tiny Spark

Pablo Cartaya · Kokila
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.

Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes...
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I Can Make This Promise

Christine Day · HarperCollins
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In her debut middle grade novel - inspired by her family's history - Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets - and finds her own Native American identity.

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious...

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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.
When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family...
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Just Jaime

Terri Libenson · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

Another spot-on story of middle school drama and friendship from Terri Libenson, national bestselling author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy.

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school...

The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are.

Jaime...

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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds · Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

A National Book Award Finalist!

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories....
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Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Pablo Cartaya · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle-grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth...
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New Kid

Jerry Craft · HarperCollins
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves...

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The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani · Kokila
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country

It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been...
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Nowhere Boy

KATHERINE MARSH · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Nowhere Boy is a timely, poignant tale of family, sacrifice and the friendship between a young Syrian refugee and an American boy living in Brussels.

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled...

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Gary D. Schmidt · Clarion Books
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler.

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler,...
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Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

HENRY LIEN · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Welcome to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, where the blades are sharp and the competition is fierce.

Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating.

As the first students from the rural country of Shin...

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Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World

Eric David Dawson · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

Young people are hungry to change the world, but often aren't given the chance. This book empowers them to make change happen.When he was just eighteen, Eric David Dawson co-founded the non-profit Peace First based on the idea that young people can change the world for the better--not...
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Queen of the Sea

Dylan Meconis · Walker Books US
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this beautifully detailed hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast...
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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Dan Gemeinhart · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

"Sometimes a story comes along that just plain makes you want to hug the world. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is Dan Gemeinhart's finest book yet -- and that's saying something. Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book."
-- Katherine Applegate,...

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Carlos Hernandez · Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence that poses this question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)...
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Sci-Fu

Yehudi Mercado · Oni Press
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

Hip-hop, sci-fi and kung fu all hit the turntables for the mash-up mix of the year! Cartoonist/force of nature Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX, Rocket Salvage) sets his sights on 1980s Brooklyn and Wax, a young mix-master who scratches the perfect beat and accidentally...
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The Season of Styx Malone

Kekla Magoon · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

This lively and diverse middle-grade story from the award-winning author of How It Went Down has the warmth of a modern-day The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963.

Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind...
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Song for a Whale

· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios,...
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The Stars Beneath Our Feet

DAVID BARCLAY MOORE · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 294
Format: Hardcover

A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us" by Newbery Honor and National Book...
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Us, In Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos

LULU DELACRE · HarperCollins
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"Middle grade readers will appreciate reading stories that reflect their lives, not their parents' or grandparents' stories" (Brightly.com, in their article "10 Exciting New Middle Grade Books with Latinx Main Characters") Acclaimed author and Pura Belpré Award...
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White Bird: A Wonder Story

R. J. Palacio · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

In R. J. Palacio's bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands...
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