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.


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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.



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.


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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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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.


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Zero Tolerance, by Claudia Mills

Zero ToleranceSummary:  Seventh-grade honor student Sierra Shepard faces expulsion after accidentally bringing a paring knife to school, violating the school’s zero-tolerance policy.

Farrar Straus Giroux

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Game Changers Play Makers, by Mike Lupica

Game Changers Play MakersSummary: 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.


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Lenny Cyrus, School Virus, by Joe Schreiber

Lenny Cyrus School VirusSummary:  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.

Houghton Mifflin

Unstoppable, by Tim Green

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.


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Professor Gargoyle, by Charles Gilman

Summary:  11-year-old Robert Arthur must vanquish Professor Gargoyle and learn the creepy origin story of the brand new Lovecraft Middle School.

Quirk Books

The Whole Story of Half a Girl, by Veera Hiranandani

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.

Delacorte Press

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The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid , by Robin Mellom


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



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