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April 2017

Forget Me Not By Ellie Terry

Summary:
When her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong at her latest middle school, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette Syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2016

Frazzled By Booki Vivat

Summary:
Nervous about middle school because her family does not get her and her friends know exactly what they want to do, Abbie Wu searches for her own passion before discovering a knack for leadership when injustices in the cafeteria come to light.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
July 2018

From You to Me By K.A. Holt

Summary:
On the first day of eighth grade Amelia finds a letter that her older sister Clara wrote to herself before she drown, and it contains a list of the things Clara planned to do in her own eighth grade year--so Amelia, with the help of her best friend Taylor, resolves to complete the list, in the hope that it will bring some closure and ease her still raw emotions.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
May 2017

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook By Iva-Marie Palmer

Summary:
When her school is shut down due to an asbestos problem, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia is sent to an upscale private school that already has a star pitcher, and to make matters worse, she has trouble making friends and finding her place.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2017

Giant Pumpkin Suite By Melanie Heuiser Hill

Summary:
A coming-of-age tale of community and unlikely friendship relates the experiences of a 12-year-old musical prodigy who notices incremental differences between her happy-go-lucky twin brother and herself during a summer marked by respective goals, a serious accident and the Minnesota State Fair.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection! By Jake Burt

Summary:
A foster-care girl is placed with a family in the Witness Protection Program where she discovers that hiding in plain sight can be complicated and dangerous

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2017

Halfway Normal By Barbara Dee

Summary:
When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret-that she was "that girl" who had cancer.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
September 2018

Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson

Summary:
When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

Horizon By Scott Westerfeld

Summary:
When Aero Horizon 16 crashes in the Arctic, eight children emerge from the wreckage to find themselves alone and surrounded, not by ice, but by a mysterious and deadly jungle full of carnivorous plants and predatory birds--the other five hundred people from the plane are gone, not necessarily dead, but taken by something that lives in the jungle.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

In Darkling Wood By Emma Carroll

Summary:
When Alice goes to stay with her grandmother she discovers the magical Darkling Wood, where she meets a strange friend and discovers letters written between a brother and sister during WWI.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2018

In Your Shoes By Donna Gephart

Summary:
Miles is an anxious boy who loves his family's bowling center. Amy is the new girl at school, who tries to write her way to her own happily-ever-after and does not want to live above her uncles funeral home. Then Miles and Amy meetin the most unexpected way ... and it is the beginning of everything.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
September 2017

Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus By Dusti Bowling

Summary:
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
August 2017

It All Comes Down To This By Karen English

Summary:
When her family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper class Los Angeles neighborhood in 1965, Sophie begins to experience the unfairness of widespread racism and strives to find acceptance among her peers.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2018

It Wasn't Me By Dana Alison Levy

Summary:
A middle-grade Breakfast Club tale finds six very different students transcending stereotypes to work together during a mandated detention when they are wrongly blamed for a vandalism incident. By the author of This Would Make a Good Story Someday.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

Jack And The Geniuses: At The Bottom Of The World By Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

Summary:
Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2017

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is A Joke By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Summary:
Jacky Hart wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer--but her parents have other plans for her.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

Jake The Fake Keeps It Real By Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach

Summary:
Having faked his way into the Music and Art Academy, a performing arts school for gifted students where his talented older sister rules, sixth-grader Jake, a jokester who can barely play an instrument, will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
June 2017

Joplin, Wishing By Diane Stanley

Summary:
When Joplin finds an antique platter with a beautiful Dutch scene, she idly wishes for the girl painted on the platter to be her friend and the next day Joplin finds the girl in the garden, longing to go back to her seventeenth-century home.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction

Summary:
Five unlikely friends are brought together to compete in the first Junior Ninja competition, a televised contest of athletic ability based on the popular National Ninja Champion show.

Genre: 5/6
January 2018

Just Like Jackie By Lindsey Stoddard

Summary:
For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. Now Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad, and she’s sure that she’s making things worse by getting in trouble at school.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction