Life and Times of Benny Alvarez, by Peter Johnson

Summary:  As his English teacher focuses on poetry during the month of October, Benny faces down the smartest girl at school while also navigating his friendships and a difficult family life after his grandfather’s multiple strokes.

Harper

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Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, by Julie Sternberg

Like Carrot Juice on a CupcakeSummary:  A new girl at school throws nine-year-old Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend Pearl into disarray.

Amulet

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The Great Greene Heist, by Varian Johnson

Great Greene HeistSummary: Jackson swore off scheming for good. But Keith is running for school president and Jackson knows he could win the presidency whatever the vote count. Jackson and his friends assemble a crack team and they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby’s respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as Maplewood’s greatest scheme ever.

Scholastic

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Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens, by Julie Mata

Kate Walden Directs Night of the Zombie ChickensSummary:  Budding film director Kate Walden navigates middle school girl politics and chores on her mother’s chicken farm while trying to become the next Spielberg.

Disney Hyperion

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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

The School is Alive, by Jack Chabert

School is AliveEerie Elementary #1
Summary:  Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it’s too late!

Scholastic

 

The Vanishing Coin, by Kate Egan

Vanishing CoinMagic Shop Series  #1

Summary:   Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike’s already back in the principal’s office. He’s not a bad kid. He just can’t sit still. And now, his parents won’t let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything! Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit. It’s an odd shop—with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he’s good at?

Feiwel and Friends

 

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