Hive Mind, by Timothy Bradley

Hive MindSummary: Sidney Jamison was bored. But everything changed when Sidney was invited to attend Sci Hi, where students play Zero-G dodgeball and create eyeball-eating zombies. This year, the students at Sci Hi are studying Colony Collapse Disorder, which is killing millions of bees around the world. When Sidney and his friends find themselves inside a beehive, they must use everything they’ve learned to save the bees – and themselves – from a monster-sized hornet.

Argosy

 

The Bully Book, by Eric Kahn Gale

Bully BookSummary:  This is loosely based on incidents that happened to the author in sixth grade through the lens of a mystery novel. His character, Eric Haskins, doesn’t take his situation lying down; he searches for the answers, and unlike many of us who went through something awful, he finds them. Though they’re not what he expected.

Harper

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Lawless, by Jeffrey Salane

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Summary:  M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been – not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School. Suddenly, it’s very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. M’s newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school’s most secretive clique.  But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves?

Scholastic

Starring Jules (as herself), by Beth Ain

Starring JulesSummary:  Jules doesn’t want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she’s willing to turn to anyone for help–even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up.

Scholastic

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Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck, by Emily Fairlie

Summary:  Two sixth graders solve the 80-year-old mystery of their school, Tuckernuck Hall, in a clue-filled scavenger hunt that leads them to unexpected treasure.

Katherine Tegen Books

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Halfway to Perfect, by Nikki Grimes

Summary:  Dyamonde loves eating her mom’s pancakes. Free loves eating . . . period. But lately Damaris just pushes her food around her plate, and Dyamonde suspects it has something to do with the mean things classmates have been saying about people’s weight. Damaris wonders if they might be talking about her too. Dyamonde knows that Damaris doesn’t have a weight problem and is perfect just the way she is–so now it’s time for her to make sure Damaris knows that, too.

Putnam

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Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

Summary:  Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different–she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.

Nancy Paulsen Books

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Ungifted, by Gordon Korman

Summary:  Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

Balzer + Bray

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Twinning Project, by Robert Lipsyte

Summary:  Tom and Eddie, identical twins and mirror opposites living on two different Earths some fifty years apart, must switch places and identities to thwart the alien scientists who threaten their planets.

Clarion

 

The Boy on Cinnamon Street, by Phoebe Stone

Summary: A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won’t give up on her. 7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back? Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

Arthur A. Levine Books

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Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA’s highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.

Simon & Schuster

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The Mastermind Plot ,by Angie Frazier

Summary:A new, exciting Suzanna Snow adventure!Suzanna “Zanna” Snow can hardly believe her luck: She’s just arrived in Boston, the city she’s wanted to visit for as long as she can remember. Think of all the mysteries waiting to be solved here! Her grandmother and cousin, Will, welcome her warmly, but her famous detective uncle, Bruce Snow, seems anything but pleased. He doesn’t want Zanna meddling in his current case involving a string of mysterious warehouse fires along the harbor front. But Zanna can’t help herself. Is someone setting the fires? Just when she thinks she’s on to something, a strange man starts following her. Is he a threat? Zanna needs to solve the case before she has the chance to find out.

Scholastic Press

 

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Oddfellow’s Orphanage, by Emily Winfield Martin

Summary:  Although mute, Delia quickly becomes part of the “family” at a most unusual orphanage, where classes include Fairy Tale Studies, a field trip may result in a monster sighting, and classmates include a hedgehog and a boy whose head is an onion.

Random House

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Plunked, by Michael Northrup

Summary: Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

Scholastic

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, by Tom Greenwald

Summary:  Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.

Roaring Brook Press

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