Summary: From different perspectives, explores middle school bullying as Maggie, tired of Elizabeth Moon’s superior attitude, creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.
Simon & Schuster
Summary: 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.
Summary: Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster.
Summary: Told from three viewpoints, thirteen-year-old scientific genius Lenny Cyrus shrinks himself and, helped by his best friend Harlan, enters the body of Zooey, the girl he has loved since third grade, hoping to physically change her mind about him on the very day her play opens.
Summary: If anyone understands the phrase ‘tough luck,’ it’s Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison’s luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents–his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison’s big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he’s practically unstoppable. But Harrison’s good luck can’t last forever.
A coming of age story of a girl whose life is turned upside down when her father loses his job. Sonia, who is half-Indian, half-Jewish must leave the comfort of her much loved open-minded private school, the Community. Sonia is confronted for the first time with defining her ethnicity. When she notices at the new school, kids are self segregated by skin color at the lunch tables, she wonders to her parents, what am I black or white? She explores new identities and struggles to choose between two groups of friends. As her father’s depression deepens, Sonia is forced to re-examine her definition of family and where her loyalties lie.
As a documentary is filmed at their middle school, roles reverse for worrier Trevor and his lifelong best friend Libby, who has always rescued him from embarrassing situations but is now focused on being “cool” and no longer wants to be his “friend friend.”
Disney Book Group
Summary:A stunning debut about one girl’s journey through loss and grief.From the beginning of eighth grade to the start of ninth, Maryland thirteen-year-old Corinna grieves for her mother, who died of cancer, and struggles to cope with changes to all aspects of her life brought on by her loss.
Summary:Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958 Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn’t have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear – speaking, which Marlee never does outside her family. But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. But Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
Summary: Dina is used to being popular but starting a new school in eighth grade is difficult, especially where cliques rule, and although working with “queen bee” Chelsea on a video project should help, Chelsea is hiding huge family problems that could mean trouble for both girls.
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.
Summary: When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, “Leo the Silent,” to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school’s code of conduct.