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Amari and the Night Brothers

B. B. Alston
Format: Hardcover

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor. Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing...
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New Kid

Jerry Craft - HarperCollins
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 nothing more...
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The Swag Is in the Socks

Kelly J. Baptist - Crown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Xavier Moon is not one to steal the show. He's perfectly content to play video games and sit at his bedroom window watching the neighborhood talk outside. But for Xavier's twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a challenge from his great-uncle, Frankie Bell, saying...
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Twins

Varian Johnson - Graphix
Format: Paperback

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president,...
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Becoming Muhammad Ali

James Patterson - jimmy patterson
Format: Hardcover

From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali, jointly published by Jimmy Patterson Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books or Young Readers. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other....
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Frizzy

Claribel A. Ortega - First Second
Format: Paperback

A middle grade graphic novel about Marlene, a young girl who stops straightening her hair and embraces her natural curls.Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus...
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TBH #7: TBH, No One Can EVER Know

Lisa Greenwald
Format: Hardcover

With a Valentine's Day dance, snooping parents, and way too many secrets, these four BFFs have a lot to deal with in the seventh book in this hilarious series told entirely in text messages, emojis, and passed notes, perfect for fans of Invisible Emmie and the Dork Diaries series. It's...
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The Major Eights 6: The Secret Valentine

Melody Reed - little bee books
Format: Paperback

In book 6 of the Major Eights series, someone is leaving notes for the band. Do the Major Eights have a secret admirer?Scarlet is flattered when she finds a sweet message in her locker. But she doesn't know who it's from. Is it fan mail? Or a secret admirer? Can the band figure...
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The Next Great Jane

K. L. Going - Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

From award-winning author K. L. Going comes a happily-ever-after story of a girl who discovers the true secret to all good writing--through an unlikely friendship, some well-intentioned matchmaking, and little bit of science.Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author...
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Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Debbi Michiko Florence - Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover

Fans of Lisa Greenwald and Wendy Mass are sure to fall head-over-heels for this funny, sweet story of crushes, competition, and the confusing reality of middle school."Heartbreak is for suckers."When Jenna Sakai gets dumped over winter break, it confirms what she learned from...
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Crush

Svetlana Chmakova - JY
Format: Hardcover

Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet...
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Summer at Meadow Wood

Amy Rebecca Tan - HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

From the author of A Kind of Paradise comes a beautiful and heartfelt middle grade novel for fans of Ali Standish and Sally J. Pla, about a girl who finds comfort in the warm traditions and unexpected friendships of summer camp.Vic Brown did not want to go to camp this summer.Even though...
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