The Rookie Bookie, by L. Jon Wertheim

Rookie BookieSummary:  When seventh-grader Mitch Sloan moves to Jonasburg, Indiana, he uses his exceptional skills in math, money, and sports statistics to make friends–but gets in over his head when he starts a football betting ring.

Little, Brown

The Meaning of Maggie, by Megan Jean Sovern

Meaning of MaggieSummary:  Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems–like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.

Chronicle

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Cool Beans, by Lisa Harkrader

Cool BeansSummary:  A small-town bully faces off against a budding artist as well as a rousing, decisive game of dodge ball.

Houghton Mifflin

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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

 

Odd Weird and Little, by Patrick Jennings

Odd Weird and LittleSummary:  Befriending a very strange new student, Toulouse, helps outsider Woodrow stand up to the class bullies who have been picking on them both.

Egmont

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Year of the Fortune Cookie, by Andrea Cheng

Year of the Fortune CookieSummary: Eleven-year-old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, more complex world of middle school. Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she really belongs.  When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new country and culture, but finds answers to her questions about whether she is more Chinese or more American.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Runt, by Nora Raleigh Baskin

RuntSummary:  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

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