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1 - Freewater

Amina Luqman-Dawson - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Debut author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children's escape from a plantation and themany ways they find freedom.Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada,...
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2 - The Last Cuentista

Donna Barba Higuera - Levine Querido

Haba una vez . . .There lived a girl named Petra Pea, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita.But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been...
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3 - When You Trap a Tiger

Tae Keller - Random House Books for Young Readers

An uplifting story of a girl discovering a secret family history when she makes a deal with a magical tiger from her grandmother's stories, the Korean version of "Once upon a time..."Some stories refuse to stay bottled up...When Lily and her family move in with her sick...
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4 - New Kid

Jerry Craft - HarperCollins

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 nothing more...
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4 - A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences: The Classroom Essentials Series

Jennifer Serravallo - HarperCollins

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 nothing more...
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5 - Merci Surez Changes Gears

MEG MEDINA - Candlewick

Winner of the 2019 Newbery MedalThoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how...
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6 - Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly - Greenwillow Books

Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view - two boys and two girls - the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani...
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7 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Regan Barnhill - Algonquin Young Readers

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Award The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book...
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8 - Last Stop on Market Street

Matt Pena - G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Winner of the 2016 Newbery MedalA 2016 Caldecott Honor BookA 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookA New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across...
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9 - The Crossover

Kwame Alexander - HMH Books for Young Readers

2015 Newbery Medal Winner2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award WinnerNew York Times Bestseller "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year...
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10 - Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo - Candlewick Press

Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never...
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11 - The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate - Harper

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated...
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12 - Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series, 1)

Jack Gantos - Square Fish

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the years best contribution to childrens literature and the Scott ODell Award for Historical Fiction!Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named...
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13 - Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool - Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign Id seen only in Gideons stories: Manifest - a town with a rich past and a bright future. Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live...
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14 - When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead - Wendy Lamb Books

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery MedalFour mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid,...
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15 - The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman - HarperCollins

The original hardcover edition of a perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident...
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16 - Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz - Candlewick Press

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.Maidens, monks, and millers' sons - in these pages, readers will meet them all. There's Hugo, the lord's nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting...
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17 - The Higher Power of Lucky (Hard Pan Trilogy)

William Prynne - Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Lucky, age ten, cant wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43) , the rock-bottom only choice she has. Its all Brigittes fault -- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians...
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18 - Criss Cross

Lynne Rae Perkins - Greenwillow Books

Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her. Soon. In the meantime, Debbie loses a necklace and finds a necklace (and boy does the necklace have a story to tell) , she goes jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy) , she learns to drive shift in a truck...
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19 - Kira-Kira

Cynthia Kadohata - Atheneum Books for Young Readers

A Japanese-American family struggles to build a new life in the Deep South of Georgia in this luminous novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra) : glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira...
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20 - The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Kate DiCamillo - Candlewick

The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness...
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21 - Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Avi. - Disney-Hyperion

H "Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty. . . . A page-turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) H " . . . [T]he book is a page-turner from beginning to end . . . [A] meticulously...
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22 - A single shard

Linda Sue Park - Clarion Books

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work,...
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23 - A Year Down Yonder

Richard Peck - Dial Books for Young Readers

Winner of the Newbery Medal "Peck charms readers once again with this entertaining sequel to A Long Way from Chicago" - School Library Journal (starred review) It was within the pages of Richard Peck's Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago that Mary Alice...
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