Outside the Box, by Karma Wilson

Outside the BoxSummary:  This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

McElderry

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Clementine and the Spring Trip, by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine and the spring tripSummary: Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.

Disney Hyperion

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From Norvelt to Nowhere, by Jack Gantos

From Norvelt to NowhereSummary:  After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

Farrar Straus Giroux

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Fortunately the Milk,by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately the MilkSummary:  While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Harper

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Texting the Underworld, by Ellen Booraem

Texting the UnderworldSummary:  Conor O’Neill faces his cowardice and visits the underworld to bargain with the Lady who can prevent the imminent death of a family member, but first Ashling, the banshee who brought the news, wants to visit his middle school.

Dial

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Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz, by Alan Silberberg

Awesome Almost TrueSummary:  A weird web site provides Kilgore Junior High students and best friends Matt and Craz the opportunity to make their cartoons become real, which has some unexpected and dire consequences.

Aladdin

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Hollywood Dead Ahead, by Kate Klise

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Summary:  When film producer Moe Block Busters offers to make their book into a movie, Iggy, Olive, and Seymour head to Hollywood where Olive, furious at being written out of the script, enlists the help of a famed femme fatale to scare the despicable director half to death.

Harcourt

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation, by Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson Summer VacationSummary:  Charlie Joe Jackson is back and he’s at academic summer camp trying to convert all the other kids to non-academics.

Roaring Brook Press

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis

Mistakes Were MadeSummary: Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.

Candlewick

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Will Sparrow’s Road, by Karen Cushman

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Will Sparrow, a liar, thief, and rogue, decides to leave his hard life behind and make his own way in Elizabethan England. On the road, he encounters a string of con artists even more talented than he is. Will gets a bigger dose of his own medicine when he joins a troupe of  oddities,  including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl.

Clarion

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Ungifted, by Gordon Korman

Summary:  Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

Balzer + Bray

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I Funny: a Middle School Story, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Summary:  Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world’s greatest standup comedian—even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days. He’s new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. He practices the craft of stand-up every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie’s diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests?

Little, Brown

High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate, by Scott Nash

Summary:  Captain Blue Jay, notorious and feared pirate of the skies, has a fondness for collecting treasure, especially eggs. Unfortunately, sometimes his treasure hatches, and this time the hatchling is the strangest one the Grosbeak has ever seen.  Whether outwitting a gang of thieving crows, outrunning murderous fishers and weasels, or rallying Briarloch’s beleaguered sparrows, this motley crew must do all they can to stay together and stay alive. And that’s just the tip of the bird’s feather!

Candlewick Press

The Boy Project : (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister), by Kami Kinard

Summary:

Eighth-grader Kara McAllister chronicles her efforts when she tries to use the scientific method to transform her social blunders into romantic victories.

Scholastic Press

The Loser List #2:Revenge of the Loser, by H.N. Kowitt

Summary:

“Danny Shine might have gotten his name off the Loser List in the girls’ bathroom, but he’s still got problems — like the new kid, Ty Randall. Ty seems perfect: handsome, serious, committed to worthy causes — everything Danny’s not. Will out-of-control jealousy wreck Danny’s life, or can he undo the damage before it’s too late?”–Amazon.com.

Scholastic Paperbacks

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