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


Choke, by Diana Lopez

A heartfelt novel about the disturbing “choking game” trend — and one girl’s struggle for self-acceptance.If she could — if her parents would let her — eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She’d get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she’d wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.
And then one day, Windy gets the change she’s been looking for. New girl Nina — impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone — starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be “breath sisters.” Windy isn’t sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life … but is she really willing to give up everything in the process? ( Amazon)
Scholastic Press

If Only, by Carole Geithner

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.

Scholastic Press

The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine

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.

Putnam’s Sons

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Reel Life Starring Us, by Lisa Greenwald

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.


Liar, Liar: the Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception, by Gary Paulsen

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.

Wendy Lamb

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