by Aster, Alex J ASTER

Curse of the Night Witch

After changing the fate he has known since birth, twelve-year-old Tor Luna, accompanied by his friends Engle and Melda, must visit the notorious Night Witch to break the curse he now faces.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Bookmarks Are People Too!

Hoping to land the lead in the class play, Hank freezes during his audition and is only able to buzz like a fly, inspiring his teacher to create a special role for him as a silent bookmark that saves the show when a rival suffers an attack of stage fright.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards

"Hank's sister Emily wants Ralph's Reptile Show to perform at her birthday party more than anything, but Ralph is booked solid. So Hank comes up with a plan: he'll disguise himself as a magician called The Westside Wizard and pull a snake from thin air! But when Hank's true identity is revealed during his performance, …

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by Salazar, Aida J SALAZAR

Land of the Cranes

Nine-year-old Betita and her parents fled Mexico after her uncle was killed by the cartels, and settled in Los Angeles seeking political asylum and safety in what her father calls Aztlan, the land of the cranes; but now they have been swept up by the government's Immigration Customs Enforcement, her father deported bac…

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Once Upon an Eid : Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

"Once upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it's waking up to the sound of frying samosas and s…

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by Haydu, Corey Ann J HAYDU

Stoop Sale Treasure

"Del loves LOTS of things! The Curious Cousins Secondhand Shoppe. Ginormous family dinners. And of course, her best-friend-cousin, Alma. Alma loves her abuelita's tasty empanadas. Her old home by the lake. And soon, she'll love living in the same place as her best-friend-cousin, Del. Yet despite having Del by her side,…

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by Callender, Kacen J CALLEND

King and the Dragonflies

Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief…

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by Adams, Karin, J ADAMS

Mermaid Warrior Squad

"Shy Dylan arrives at a summer arts camp and immediately connects with flamboyant Coral. They bond over the aquatic theme of the camp and a drive to create comic books. The two girls plan a comic book about lifeguards who are transformed into mermaids and fight for eco-justice in the sea. At first Dylan wishes she coul…

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by Riordan, Rick J RIORDAN

The Tower of Nero

Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to Earth in the pathetic mortal form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal e…

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The Hero Next Door

A collection of short stories by diverse authors that explores acts of bravery by heroes trying to make the world a better place.…

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by Taylor, Thomas, J TAYLOR

Gargantis

There's a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her und…

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by Boyer, Crispin J BOYER

The Quest for the Golden Fleas

Zeus, a tiny hamster who believes he is the king of the gods, must find the legendary "Golden Fleas" and solidify his position before the other animals at Mount Olympus Pet Center rebel.…

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by Mull, Brandon, J MULL

Champion of the Titan Games

The war against dragons intensifies. Will Kendra and Seth find the help they desperately need from the Giant Queen? This fourth book in a five-book series leaves the underwater dragon preserve of Crescent Lagoon for a gladiator-style arena at Titan Valley, the magical realm of towering giants and enslaved dragons. Our …

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by Franco, Betsy J FRANCO

Pond Circle

In the pond by Anna's house, a food chain begins with algae, which is eaten by a mayfly nymph, which is eaten by a beetle, which is eaten by a bullfrog ...…

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by Hanlon, Abby J HANLON

Tiny Tough

"Dory's sure that her big sister's friendship troubles have to do with pirates, but she'll have to navigate those rocky waters without her imaginary first mate Mary, who's found an exciting new pal of her own"--…

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Trowbridge Road

It's the summer of '83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father's death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existe…

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by Firestone, Carrie J FIRESTO

Dress Coded

Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top when she had to keep her sweatshirt wrapped around her waist. Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Jessica was pulled over by the principal, missed a math quiz, and her teacher gave her an F. Molly starts a podcast protes…

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by Lowry, Lois J LOWRY

The Willoughbys Return

Thirty years after their disappearance, the previously frozen Willoughbys have thawed out and returned from the Alps, to the consternation of their children and grandchildren.…

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by Walters, Eric, J WALTERS

Branded

When the principal of his school decides that the students must wear uniforms, Ian learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal this, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is suspension.…

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by Anders, Lou J ANDERS

Once Upon a Unicorn

A curious, science-minded unicorn and a fiery horse become unlikely allies as they defend their magical home from a pumpkin-headed menace and a fairy of dubious integrity.…

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by Fang, Vicky, J FANG

Happy Paws

While Layla and her three Bots (Beep, Boop, and Bop) are setting up for their rock band's performance, she gets some bad news, Happy Days Amusement Park is closing; Layla thinks she has the perfect solution: turn the place into an amusement park for dogs--but the new rides have to pass a safety inspection before Happy …

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by Boyer, Crispin J BOYER

The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur

Zeus the hamster and his cohorts escape their cages at Mount Olympus Pet Center in Athens, Georgia, to solve the mystery of the labyrinth--the center's duct system.…

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by Chan, Marty, J CHAN

Haunted Hospital

"In this high-interest novel for middle readers, four young teens find themselves in serious danger during a role-playing game in a supposedly abandoned hospital."--…

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by Skye, Obert J SKYE

Magic Required

Ozzy and Sigi must decide whether or not they believe Rin is truly a wizard.…

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by Cervantes, Jennifer, J CERVANT

The Shadow Crosser

"When a few Mexica gods try to put their Maya counterparts out of commission, it's up to Zane and some godborns-in-training to save the universe"--…

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by Anna, Holly J ANNA

Sweet Dreams!

"Meet Daisy Dreamer. People call her the girl with her head in the clouds because she daydreams some of the time...or maybe most the time. She loves to write stories, draw, and invent games. Then one day, she drew a doodle in her special journal and that picture came to life! That's how she met her imaginary friend, Po…

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by Moonheart, Ella, J MOONHEA

Misty the Scared Kitten

After Kitty magically turns into a cat, she meets with the local Cat Council and is recommended as their new Guardian.…

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by Park, Linda Sue J PARK

Prairie Lotus

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father's shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town i…

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by Buckley, Michael, J BUCKLEY

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox

"When Earth is threatened by an invading race of bugs called the Hunger, 11-year-old Finn, his arch-nemesis, Lincoln, his crush, Julep, and one pink unicorn lunchbox become Earth's last best hope against destruction"--…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Everybody is Somebody

When a well-known author visits their school, Hank and his two best friends get the chance to be her guide for the day and introduce her at an assembly, but the situation forces Hank to find creative ways to hide his struggles with reading.…

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by Grossman, Lev J GROSSMA

The Silver Arrow

Kate's humdrum life is transformed when her eccentric Uncle Herbert brings her a colossal locomotive train, the Silver Arrow, as her eleventh birthday gift, leading her and her younger brother on a mysterious quest.…

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by Korman, Gordon J KORMAN

War Stories

Twelve-year-old Trevor Firestone loves playing war-based video games and he idolizes his great-grandfather Jacob who came home from World War II a celebrated hero; now ninety-three Jacob wants to retrace his journey in memory and reality and return to the small French village that his unit liberated, and Trevor is goin…

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by Anna, Holly J ANNA

A Daisy at the Beach

While spending the day at the beach, Daisy's imaginary friend Posey turns her into a mermaid and they help a lost octopus reunite with her friends.…

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by Martin, Laura J MARTIN

Glitch

Regan Fitz and Elliot Mason have been enemies since they started training to become Glitchers--people who travel through time to preserve important historical events. But everything changes when they find a letter from Regan's future self, warning them about an impending disaster that threatens them and everyone they k…

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by Wilde, Fran, J WILDE

Riverland

When their parents fight, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide, whispering stories and hoping house magic will protect them, until the night a river carries them to a place of dreams and nightmares.…

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by Elliott, Rebecca J ELLIOTT

Bo the Brave

In order to earn their Bravery Patches, Bo and the other unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest have to camp out in the forest for three nights; but the night is full of frightening noises, and when a misunderstanding offends some pixies, the unicorns resolve to face their fears and confront the "monsters" who are stealing th…

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by Woods, Brenda J WOODS

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, Usa

Gabriel, twelve, gains new perspective when he becomes friends with Meriwether, a Black World War II hero who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South.…

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by Gibbs, Stuart, J GIBBS

Spy School Revolution

With SPYDER apparently defeated, thirteen-year-old Benjamin Ripley is hoping for some peace at spy school, but when the CIA conference room next to where Ben and Alexander are trying to explain everything to Ben's parents (no easy task) is blown up, suspicion falls on fellow trainee (and secret crush) Erica.…

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by Sage, Angie J SAGE

Twilight Hauntings

"Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults--dark dungeons d…

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by Butcher, Kristin, J BUTCHER

Alibi

When pickpockets cause trouble at her aunt's antique store, fifteen-year-old Christine attempts to uncover the thief and meets a mysterious young man.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Hooray! My Butt Left the Bench!

Hank will need help from his father and friends if he is to help his second grade basketball team beat their arch rivals for the third year in a row.…

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by White, Wade Albert J WHITE

The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It)

"Anne, Penelope, and Hiro are tasked once again with an impossible quest to save the world, leading them on a mission to defeat the supreme leader of pirates, rescue dear friends, and solve the riddle of Anne's mysterious heritage"--…

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by Anna, Holly J ANNA

Posey, the Class Pest

When Daisy Dreamer's imaginary friend, Posey, joins her at school, he nearly ruins the group project she and her friends are working on although he is trying to be helpful.…

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by Sumner, Jamie J SUMNER

Tune It out

Twelve-year-old Lou Montgomery's life has been centered on her mother's terrifying plan to make her a singing star, but a crisis reveals Lou's sensory processing disorder and people determined to help her address it.…

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by Keplinger, Kody J KEPLING

Lila and Hadley

Hadley is an angry girl: angry at her mother for embezzling money, angry at her estranged older sister, Beth, whom she has to live with while her mother is in jail, angry at having to move to Kentucky away from her friends, and angry at the world because she has retinitis pigmentosa and is slowly going blind; but then …

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by George, K. J GEORGE

Home Again

"Summer has come to Fernwood Forest, and the staff of the Heartwood Hotel must trust each other as they contend with their biggest challenge yet"--…

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by Reynolds, Aaron, J REYNOLD

Fart Quest

After their masters are vaporized in a goblin battle gone badly, Fart, Pan, and Moxie, three lowly apprentices, decide to impersonate their mentors and pick up the mantle as heroes of the realm. But they need more than a fancy robe, magic staff, and book of magical beasts to be real heroes. They need a quest! So when T…

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by Van Otterloo, Ash, J VAN OTT

Cattywampus

Magic is strictly forbidden in the McGill house, but Delpha McGill has found the family book of spells, and plans to use it to make things a little easier for herself and her mother; Katybird Hearn comes from a rival family of witches, but her magic has been slow to emerge, and she thinks a spell book is just what she …

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by Applegate, Katherine J APPLEGA

The One and Only Bob

Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Alien Superstar

"No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he's part of the show. It doesn't take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes an overnight heartthrob and is suddenly faced with legions of adoring fans, rides …

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by Hunter, Erin J HUNTER

A Warrior's Spirit

"In three novellas from the world of the warrior cat Clans, SkyClan warrior Pebbleshine is separated from her Clan, a young rogue is forced to strike out on his own, and Mothwing finds a unique path and relationship to StarClan as WindClan's medicine cat"--…

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Something to Say

"A friendless girl who has developed a knack for keeping her head down at school resists a red-headed newcomer who wants to make friends, before the two are paired for a class assignment that she hopes will secure her position on the debate team."--NoveList.…

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by Preus, Margi J PREUS

Village of Scoundrels : Based on a True Story of Courage During Wwii

In the 1940s, remote Les Lauzes, France, houses Jews, unregistered foreigners, forgers, and others who take great risks to shelter refugees and smuggle them to safety in Switzerland.…

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by George, Jessica Day, J GEORGE

The Rider's Reign : a Rose Legacy Novel

"Anthea and her friends are on a mission. Anthea's mother has kidnapped a Coronami princess, the herd stallion, and half a dozen more horses--enough to start her own herd. Suspecting that she is making a deal with the antagonistic emperor of the neighboring land, Kronenhof, Anthea and her friends race there to meet wit…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

The Soggy, Foggy Campout

Everyone in Hank's class has to write and perform a poem, so when his family goes camping, Hank finds plenty of inspiration in nature, even when a rainstorm threatens to ruin their night.…

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by Bowles, David J BOWLES

Battle of the Bad-breath Bats

"Cousins Malia, Ivan, and Dante are visiting their aunt Lucy for the summer. But on their way to Gulf City's water park, they get lost on 13th Street. Only it's not a street at all. It's a strange world filled with dangerous beasts! Will the cousins find their way back to Aunt Lucy's?"--Page [4] of cover.…

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by Yohalem, Eve J YOHALEM

The Truth According to Blue

"Thirteen-year-old Blue Broen teams up with her diabetic alert dog and the spoiled daughter of a vacationing movie star on a treasure hunt to find her family's ancestral fortune"--…

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by McKay, Hilary J MCKAY

The Time of Green Magic

When eleven-year-old Abi moves with her father and new stepfamily into an eerie old house, something magical makes her books more real and brings a not-so-imaginary friend to stepbrother Louis.…

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by Anna, Holly J ANNA

The Great Bunny Escape

While bunny-sitting for her friend Lily, Daisy's imaginary friend Posey accidentally leaves a door to the world of make-believe open, and Daisy must act fast when the bunny runs through the door.…

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by Bajaj, Varsha J BAJAJ

Count Me in : a Novel

Told from two viewpoints, sixth-graders Karina and Chris use social media to stand up to racism in Houston, Texas, after an attack puts Karina's Indian American grandfather in the hospital.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

There's a Zombie in My Bathtub

"With Halloween approaching, Hank and his friends decide to watch a scary movie to get ready for the holiday. But the movie turns out to be a bit too scary for Hank, and suddenly he sees zombies every time he closes his eyes. Everyone says zombies are not real, but then people around him start moaning and acting like t…

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by Colbert, Brandy J COLBERT

The Only Black Girls in Town

In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past.…

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by George, Jessica Day, J GEORGE

The Queen's Secret

When a deadly disease breaks out, it is up to Anthea and her friends in the Horse Brigade to transport medicine throughout the kingdom while avoiding Anthea's evil mother and uncovering a powerful secret.…

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by Yang, Kelly J YANG

Three Keys : a Front Desk Novel

"Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic."--Publisher…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

A Short Tale About a Long Dog

Rescuing a Dachshund from an animal shelter after convincing his skeptical father to get the family a dog, Hank struggles to prove his trustworthiness after his new canine friend gets loose at the park.…

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by Elliott, Rebecca J ELLIOTT

Bo and the Dragon-pup

Rainbow Tinseltail (called Bo) has never actually seen a dragon, but when things start going missing from Sparklegrove School for Unicorns all clues seem to point to a dragon pup called Scorch--but when Scorch does not return to the dragon caves, Bo and her friends become worried that he has gotten lost in the forest a…

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by Okorafor, Nnedi J OKORAFO

Ikenga

In southeastern Nigeria, twelve-year-old Nnamdi is determined to avenge his police chief father, who was murdered while triyng to rid the town of criminals, but Nnamdi feels powerless until he receives a magical object which gives him superpowers.…

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by Baptist, Kelly J., J BAPTIST

Isaiah Dunn is My Hero

"Isaiah is now the big man of the house. But it's a lot harder than his dad made it look. His little sister, Charlie, asks too many questions, and Mama's gone totally silent. Good thing Isaiah can count on his best friend, Sneaky, who always has a scheme for getting around the rules. Plus, his classmate Angel has a few…

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by Firestone, Carrie J FIRESTO

Dress Coded

"An eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion."--…

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by Ortega, Claribel A. J ORTEGA

Ghost Squad

"For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk…

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by James, Anna J JAMES

The Map of Stories

Tilly Pages and her friend Oskar journey to Washington, D.C., where she wanders inside the books at the Library of Congress and they try to stop a nefarious plan with some powerful help.…

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by Brown, India Hill, J BROWN

The Forgotten Girl

When eleven-year-old Iris sneaks out at night to make snow angels, she was not expecting to raise the ghost of Avery Moore, a girl her own age; but bringing to light the segregated and abandoned black cemetery seems like the perfect way to help Avery get the recognition she craves, and it will also be a good idea for t…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

How to Hug an Elephant

"When Hank's class takes a field trip to the zoo, he quickly gets lost after his partner (and nemesis) ditches him. Unable to read the map, Hank wanders and finds himself locked in a habitat with Elsie the elephant"--…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Always Watch out for the Flying Potato Salad!

While accompanying his mother at the deli, Hank suffers a series of embarrassing accidents that cause teachers visiting the deli to go hungry, a situation that compels him to express his appreciation for his teachers' hard work.…

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by Kelly, Erin Entrada J KELLY

We Dream of Space

Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing se…

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by Mbalia, Kwame J MBALIA

Tristan Strong Destroys the World

Seventh-grader Tristan must return to Alke and enlist the help of African gods and black folktale heroes when Nana is abducted from the Strong family farm in Alabama.…

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by Whitesides, Tyler J WHITESI

The Wishbreaker

Twelve-year-old foster kid Ace thought having a genie who could grant him unlimited wishes would be the answer to all his problems. But being a Wishmaker might be more trouble than it's worth. It turns out, every genie comes with an impossible quest and only seven days to fulfill it. And for every wish they grant a Wis…

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by Haydu, Corey Ann J HAYDU

The Someday Suitcase

Clover and Danny are the kind of best friends who make each other better: Clover makes lists, and Danny makes fun. Clover is thoughtful and quiet and loves science. Danny is chatty and funny and loves art. They're so important to each other that Clover believes they're symbiotic: her favorite science word, which descri…

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by Mejia, Tehlor Kay J MEJIA

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.…

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by Beaty, Andrea J BEATY

Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote

Sofia is put in charge of overseeing a fair election for a class pet, but first the Questioneers must learn about elections and good journalism--and remember that being a community matters most. Includes facts about the Delano Grape Strike, presidential elections, journalism, and the importance of voting.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Robot on the Loose

Hank enters a robot-building contest at school and hopes to win a trophy, despite getting a late start, with help of Frankie, Ashley, and Jaden, a new friend and robot expert.…

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by Dilloway, Margaret J DILLOWA

Five Things About Ava Andrews

Eleven-year-old Ava Andrews has a Technicolor interior with a gray shell. On the inside, she bubbles with ideas and plans. On the outside, everyone except her best friend, Zelia, thinks she doesn't talk or, worse, is stuck-up. What nobody knows is that Ava has invisible disabilities: anxiety and a heart condition. Ava …

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by Hunter, Erin J HUNTER

Graystripe's Vow

"During a time of great turmoil and amid silence from StarClan, respected ThunderClan warrior Graystripe must break a promise from his past and leave his Clan behind for a quest to heal his past and uncover his future"--…

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Waylon! : the Most Awesome of All

Waylon gives up a chance to meet a famous astrophysicist to help his sister, his father, and a friend when they need him most, but gains a much greater reward.…

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Ways to Make Sunshine

The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones.…

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by Clark, Henry, J CLARK

What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon

"When three twelve-year-olds discover there are seven separate minutes a day they can do magic, they must use oddly specific spells to save a dragon, themselves, and the world"--…

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by DiCamillo, Kate J DICAMIL

Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-possible Poem

Stella Endicott loves her teacher, Miss Liliana, and she is thrilled when the class is assigned to write a poem. Stella crafts a beautiful poem about Mercy Watson, the pig who lives next door - a poem complete with a metaphor and full of curiosity and courage. But Horace Broom, Stella's irritating classmate, insists th…

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by James, Anna J JAMES

The Lost Fairy Tales

When eleven-year-old Tilly Pages joins Oskar and his family on a Christmas trip to Paris, she and her friend bookwander into the land of fairy tales, where someone--or something--is causing chaos.…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw

Hank's cousin Judith Ann is an excellent cook, and does not let Hank forget it, but when Hank enters a cooking competition with her he finds out that she has trouble in school, just like Hank.…

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by Joyce, Mere, J JOYCE

Jelly Roll

"Fourteen-year-old Jenny is looking forward to her March Break retreat. But then she finds out that the boy who bullies her at school is going too."--…

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by Watson, Cristy, J WATSON

Benched

When Cody and his friends accept a challenge from a local gang to steal a park bench, their main concern is keeping themselves on the gang's good side. But Cody quickly learns that the theft is no harmless prank.…

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by Cyprus, Naomi J CYPRUS

Daughters of Steel

Two girls from two different worlds must unite to save each other in this sequel to the middle grade fantasy Sisters of Glass, which Kirkus declared will inspire many to find the light within in a starred review. Fans of the Descendants novels, the School for Good and Evil series, and Aru Shah and the End of Time will …

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by Darraj, Susan Muaddi, J DARRAJ

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade

Fifth-grader Farah Hajjar and her best friend Allie Liu are hoping to go to the Magnet Academy for their middle school years, instead of Harbortown Elementary/Middle School; but when a new girl Dana Denver starts tormenting Farah and her younger brother, Samir, she decides she can not leave Samir to face the bully alon…

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by Khan, Hena J KHAN

More to the Story

As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Pervaiz wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.…

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by Grabenstein, Chris J GRABENS

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket

"Six lucky kids go on a scavenger hunt inside Mr. Lemoncello's Gameworks factory, where they compete for a chance to win a Titanium Ticket"--…

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by Lockington, Mariama, J LOCKING

For Black Girls Like Me

I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark. Makeda June Kirkland is eleven years old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Keda often feels left out. When Keda's family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, L…

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by Hanlon, Abby J HANLON

Head in the Clouds

Dory, nicknamed Rascal, has her first loose tooth, but her excitement turns to concern when imaginary evil robber Mrs. Gobble Gracker captures the tooth fairy.…

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by Rosenberg, Madelyn, J ROSENBE

Not Your All-american Girl

Sixth-graders Lauren and Tara have always done everything together so it is only natural that they both try out for their middle school musical play, about an "all-American" girl in 1958; Tara gets the lead role, as usual, because in the teacher's mind Lauren, half-Jewish and half-Chinese, does not fit the image of all…

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by Kinney, Jeff J KINNEY

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Deep End

On their a cross-country camping trip, Greg Heffley and his family find themselves stranded at an RV park that's not exactly a summertime paradise and when the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation--or if they're already in too deep.…

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by Levy, Joanne J LEVY

Fish out of Water

"A 12-year-old boy is frustrated that he's not able to do the things he loves because they're too 'girly.'"--…

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by Kim, Jessica, J KIM

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.…

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by Woodson, Jacqueline J WOODSON

Before the Ever After

ZJ's friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.--…

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by Timberlake, Amy J TIMBERL

Skunk and Badger

The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chi…

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Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe

"When best friends Sal and Gabi try to repair the damage they created when they altered the universe to help their families, they end up creating even more chaos"--…

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by Kinney, Jeff J KINNEY

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure

"From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland's mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adv…

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by Butcher, Kristin, J BUTCHER

Caching in

Eric and Chris are avid geocachers who stumble into a strange search for a series of geocaches that may actually conceal a treasure.…

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by Cameron, Josephine J CAMERON

A Dog-friendly Town

As his family's dog-friendly bed-and-breakfast establishment in dog-friendly Carmelito, California, welcomes celebrity dog Sir Bentley, twelve-year-old Epic McDade and his younger siblings investigate the disappearance of a $500,000 dog collar.…

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by Patterson, James, J PATTERS

Becoming Muhammad Ali : a Novel

A biographical novel tells the story of Cassius Clay, the determined boy who would one day become Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time.…

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by Anna, Holly J ANNA

The Bad Luck Day

"Every kid in the world has had a Bad Luck Day, but Daisy Dreamer's might be the unluckiest Bad Luck Day ever"--…

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by Winkler, Henry, J WINKLER

Stop That Frog!

When the principal has to be away from school at a conference, Hank's class agrees to take care of the principal's special pet frog, and Hank is chosen to take the frog home for the weekend.…

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by Lam, Aaron, J LAM

The Fake-chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues

"Twelve-year-old video buff Anthony is devastated when his family leaves Toronto's Chinatown for Berksburg, a remote community in northern Ontario. There are no other Asian families around--and everyone in town loves hockey, which Anthony just doesn't get. The move is even harder on his grandmother, Po Po, who doesn't …

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by Tripp, Valerie, J TRIPP

Absolute Hero

Anxious about starting middle school, eleven-year-old Izzy Newton proposes a STEM club and, with her best friends Allie Einstein and Charlie Darwin, investigates why the building is so cold--and why former friend Marie has shut them out.…

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by Campbell, K. G. J CAMPBEL

A Small Zombie Problem

When August DuPont, eleven, leaves his eccentric Aunt Hydrangea's crumbling mansion for the first time ever, he meets family, makes a friend, and attracts a zombie.…

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by James, Anna J JAMES

The Bookwanderers

Eleven-year-old Tilly Pages, who has found comfort in her grandparents' bookshop since her mother's disappearance, now learns that she can bookwander into any stories, and decides to seek her mother.…

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