Graham Cracker Plot, by Shelley Tougas

Graham Cracker PlotSummary:  No one believes her, but Daisy Bauer knows her dad has been wrongfully imprisoned and that it’s up to her to break him out of jail (aka Club Fed). She has a plan that she’s calling the Graham Cracker Plot because it was all Graham’s idea.  She just needs a miniature horse, a getaway truck, and a penny from 1919—the idea coin.

Roaring Brook Press

Eliza Bing is (not) a Big, Fat Quitter, by Carmella Van Vleet

Eliza Bing is (not) a big fat quitterSummary:  After learning she cannot take a cake decorating class with her best friend, partly because her parents consider her a quitter, eleven-year-old Eliza tries to prove herself by sticking with a taekwondo class all summer.

Holiday House

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Evil Fairies Love Hair, by Mary Thompson

Evil Fairies Love HairSummary:  Ali and her middle school classmates are raising flocks of fairies to make their wishes come true. But growing a flock is harder than it sounds: the fairies eat only human hair, and the rules for dealing with them are confusing, misleading, and subject to change. As Ali and her friends struggle to earn their wishes, mistakes are made, spells go awry, and soon Ali is up against hundreds of two-inch-tall imps who have very big plans—to replace all the parents in town!—and the power to carry them out.

Clarion

 

Game Over Pete Watson, by Joe Schreiber

Game Over Pete WatsonSummary:  When video game obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him. And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?

Houghton Mifflin

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Greetings from the Graveyard, by Kate Klise

Greetings from the Graveyard 43 Old Cemetery Road series #6
Summary:  The unsuspecting trio at Spence Mansion starts a greeting card company–and winds up on the adventure of a lifetime!

Houghton Mifflin

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Middle School Cool, by Maiya Williams

Middle School CoolSummary:  Reporters for an experimental middle school’s student newspaper face an ethical dilemma when they uncover a shocking secret about their eccentric principal that could tarnish the reputation of their beloved Kaboom Academy if revealed.

Delacourte

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Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy

Misadventures of Family FletcherSummary:  This seriously funny, modern family adventure features two dads, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets.  Their year will be filled with new schools, old friends, a grouchy neighbor, hungry skunks, leaking ice rinks, school plays, wet cats, and scary tales told in the dark! There’s Sam, age twelve, who’s mostly interested in soccer, food, and his phone; Jax, age ten, who’s psyched for fourth grade and thinks the new neighbor stinks, and not just because of the skunk; Eli, age ten (but younger than Jax), who’s thrilled to be starting this year at the Pinnacle School, where everyone’s the smart kid; and Frog (not his real name), age six, who wants everyone in kindergarten to save a seat for his invisible cheetah. Also Dad and Papa.  WARNING: This book contains cat barf, turtle pee, and some really annoying homework assignments.

Random House

My Zombie Hamster, by Havelock McCreely

My Zombie HamsterSummary:  Matt and his buddies are looking forward to receiving the latest sword-and-fantasy video game. But Matt’s parents have other thoughts—they give him a fluffy little mammal, a hamster called Snuffles, for the holiday.  But the hamster isn’t all that cute—at least not after part of its cheek and belly fall right off—without bothering it a bit! And why is it staring at Matt with black beady eyes and a lean and hungry look?  Say hello to Anti-Snuffles, the zombie hamster! Or better yet, run!

Egmont

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

Hollywood Dead Ahead43 Old Cemetery Road series
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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