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October 2016

The Mighty Odds By Amy Ignatow

Summary:
In this first book in a new series, a bus crash gives four very different middle schoolers odd super powers, and although they wouldn't normally be caught dead together, they must pool their powers to find out what happened to them.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
May 2018

The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl By Stacy McAnulty

Summary:
A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school! 12-year-old Lucy is offered entry into college but reluctantly takes her grandmother's advice to attend one year of middle school, make a friend, join a club and read a non-math book.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction

Summary:
Comedian Jamie Grimm, accompanied by Uncle Frank, New Aunt Flora, and friends, circles the globe as host of regional competitions, then competes, himself, in the Planet's Funniest Kid Worldwide contest.

Genre: 5/6
January 2018

The Night Garden By Polly Horvath

Summary:
Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens―including the ancient, mysterious night garden. Their peaceful life is interrupted when the neighbor's children unexpectedly move in, appearances from a stubborn young cook, UFOs, hermits, and ghosts only make life stranger.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction

Summary:
A trio of seventh graders become one another's first friends as they discover the secrets of a Civil War soldier in this middle grade novel for fans of Gordon Korman and Gary Schmidt

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
March 2018

The Ostrich and Other Lost Things By Beth Hautala

Summary:
Olivia, eleven, has a knack for finding lost things but when she promises her brother, Jacob, that she will find his ostrich, she hopes its return will cure his autism.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2016

The Other Boy By M.G. Hennessey

Summary:
Hiding his transgender identity behind a veneer of an everyday student who loves baseball and working on his graphic novel, Shane is threatened with exposure by a classmate and begins a painful journey toward acceptance and empathy.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

The Pages Between Us: In the Spotlight By Lindsey Leavitt

Summary:
When no one from their school signs up for the annual competition, BFFs Piper (The Drama Lover) and Olivia (The Bookworm) decide to put their talents to good use by creating a video to get their classmates excited about the contest. Only things don’t go exactly as planned…

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
March 2017

The Palace of Memory By Julian Sedgwick

Summary:
While searching for more clues to the murder of his circus performer parents, talented magician Danny Woo follows the Mysterium circus to Barcelona, where he discovers a traitor and a dangerous woman in green.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
April 2017

The Pants Project By Cat Clarke

Summary:
Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
May 2018

The Parker Inheritance By Varian Johnson

Summary:
Spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, Candice discovers the letter that sent her grandmother on a treasure hunt, and with her new friend Brandon, sets off to expose the injustice once committed against a local African American family.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
October 2017

The Perfect Score By Rob Buyea

Summary:
No one likes or wants to take the statewide assessment tests. Not the students in Mrs. Woods's sixth-grade class. Not even Mrs. Woods. It's not as if the kids don't already have things to worry about. . . .

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2018

The Perfect Secret By Rob Buyea

Summary:
Told from different viewpoints, five seventh-graders, who face their own personal challenges, are also determined as a group to help two very special people reconcile a long-standing dispute

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
March 2018

The Science of Breakable Things By Tae Keller

Summary:
An emotionally-charged new classic about the science of hope, love, and miracles! Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is sure to take root in readers' hearts.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2018

The Season of Styx Malone By Kekla Magoon

Summary:
Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2016

The Secret of Goldenrod By Jane O'Reilly

Summary:
Fifth-grader Trina, who has never lived anywhere long enough to call home, is excited about moving into Goldenrod, an abandoned mansion, with her dad. But soon Goldenrod brings its secrets to her attention, including a forgotten doll, leaving Trina wondering what the old house wants from her.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
November 2017

The Secret of Nightingale Wood By Lucy Strange

Summary:
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees -- or thinks she sees -- in the shadows of their new home, Hope House, and what is that mysterious light in the wood?

Genre: 5/6
September 2017

The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade By Jordan Sonnenblick

Summary:
In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
June 2017

The Shadow Cipher By Laura Ruby

Summary:
Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of New York City.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction
March 2018

The Sky at Our Feet By Nadia Hashimi

Summary:
Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in the US, it’s hard to feel American now when he’s terrified that his mother will be discovered—and that they will be separated.

Genre: 5/6, Fiction