Allen, Crystal. Spirit Week Showdow. J FIC Allen
Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.
Allie, Debora. The Meanest Girl. J Fic Allie
Sixth-grader Alyssa Fontana, who thinks that her life is perfect, becomes the object of a practical joke which she blames on Hayden Martin, the new girl, who is tagged “the meanest girl in town.”
Barshaw, Ruth McNally. Ellie McDoodle : new kid in school. J FIC Barshaw
Ellie writes and doodles in a journal of her family’s move to a new home and her struggle to make friends, which gets a lot easier as she leads a nonviolent protest about long lunch lines at school.
Behrens, Rebecca. When Audrey Met Alice. J FIC Behrens
When the Secret Service squashes yet another chance for the president’s daughter, Audrey, to make any new friends, Audrey discovers former First Daughter Alice Roosevelt’s hidden diary, which gives Audrey endless ideas for having fun– and more problems than she can handle.
Birney, Betty G. The Princess and the Peabodys. J Fic Birney
When a medieval princess appears out of a rusty box bought at a yard sale, fourteen-year-old tomboy Casey Peabody and her family are stuck with her royal snobbiness until the young wizard who had trapped her there figures out the spell to send her home.
Bowe, Julie. My New Best Friend. J FIC Bowe (SERIES)
After her best friend moves away, fourth-grader Ida May is determined not to make another best friend, despite the efforts of a new girl in her class.
Burgis, Stephanie. Kat, Incorrigible. Y FIC Burgis (SERIES)
In Regency England, when twelve-year-old Kat discovers she has magical powers, she tries to use them to rescue her sister from marrying a man she does not love.
Byars, Betsy Cromer. Summer of the Swans. J FIC Byars // JPB B
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
Cabot, Meg. From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. J FIC Cabot
A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia.
Cervantes, Angela. Allie, First At Last. J FIC Cervantes
Born into a family of over-achievers, fifth-grader Allie Velasco has never finished first in anything, and lately things have been going badly: her science project is ruined by a well-meaning student, her former best friend is hanging out with another girl–but now she is determined to win the Trailblazer contest with a photographic presentation about her great grandfather, the first Congressional Medal of Honor winner from their town.
Cervantes, Angela. Gaby, Lost and Found. J FIC Cervantes
Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.
Cohen, Tish. The Invisible Rules of the Zoë Lama. J FIC Cohen
Twelve-year-old Zoë, famous for advising other people using her unwritten rules, has her hands full with chairing a school dance committee, training a new student to fit in, keeping her grandmother out of a nursing home, and trying to find a husband for her mother.
Cooper, Rose. Gossip from the Girls’ Room: a Blogtastic! Novel. J FIC Cooper
Sixth-grader Sofia Becker writes a blog about everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom, especially mean things about the super-popular Mia, but comes to realize that gossip has consequences and popularity is hard to achieve.
Dee, Barbara. Solving Zoe. J FIC Dee
Zoe’s sixth-grade year at a Brooklyn school for gifted students is marked by changing relationships with her fellow students and teachers, recognition of her talent for cryptography, and a greater awareness of her passion.
Delaney, Michael. The Great Sockathon. J FIC Delaney.
During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Sabrina hears a voice coming from her town’s 275-year-old balm of Gilead tree and believes it to be the
ghost that supposedly haunts it.
Donofrio, Beverly. Thank you, Lucky Stars. J FIC Donofrio
Ally has looked forward to a new school year, especially since she and her best friend, Betsy, have planned since kindergarten to sing in the fifth grade talent show, but Betsy has a new best friend and Ally, shy and prone to cry, is targeted by bullies and a strange new student who is looking for a friend.
Ferber, Brenda A. Julia’s Kitchen. J FIC Ferber
When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, eleven-year-old Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy. J FIC Fitzhugh
Eleven year old Harriet, who is a spy and plans to be an author keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her schoolmates and people she observes on her afterschool spy route, but when some of her classmates read the notebook, they seek revenge.
Frederick, Heather Vogel. Once Upon a Toad. J FIC Frederick
When her mother goes on a NASA mission, Cat Starr is sent to live with her father, stepsister Olivia, and younger brother Geoffrey, but interference by her inept fairy godmother causes toads to appear when Cat speaks and gems to fall from Olivia’s mouth,bringing one to the attention of jewel thieves and the other to a secret government laboratory.
Gephart, Donna. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. J FIC Gephart
Wanting to bolster her geography knowledge so that she can try out for kids’ Jeopardy and visit her father in California, trivia enthusiast Olivia Bean receives more help than she expected and breezes through audition rounds while wondering if her father will show up to support her
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Love, from the Fifth Grade Celebrity. J FIC Giff
Casey enjoyed Tracy’s company during summer vacation but becomes increasingly jealous of her irrepressible new friend when she joins Casey’s fifth-grade class.
Gifford, Peggy Elizabeth. Moxy Maxwell does not love Stuart Little. J Fic Gifford
With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.
Hannigan, Kate. Cupcake Cousins. J FIC Hannigan
During a family vacation at Lake Michigan, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt’s wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.
Harper, Charise Mericle. Dreamer, Wisher, Liar. J FIC Mericle
Ashley’s summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.
Hurwitz, Michele Weber. Calli Be Gold. J FIC Hurwitz
Eleven-year-old Calli, the third child in a family of busy high-achievers, likes to take her time and observe rather than rush around, and when she meets an awkward, insecure second-grader named Noah and is paired with him in the Peer Helper Program, she finds satisfaction and strength in working with him.
Little, Kimberley Griffiths. Circle of Secrets. J FIC Little.
A year after her mother has deserted the family, eleven-year-old Shelby goes to stay with her, deep in the Louisiana bayou, where they both confront old hurts and regrets.
Mackler, Carolyn. Best Friend Next Door. J FIC Mackler
Two girls who share a birthday and palindromic names struggle with respective parental challenges and loneliness while gradually overcoming their differences to become close friends.
Martin, Ann M. Ten Rules for Living with My Sister. J FIC Martin
Nine-year-old Pearl and her popular, thirteen-year-old sister, Lexie, do not get along very well, but when their grandfather moves in and the girls have to share a room, they must find common ground.
Mass, Wendy. Rapunzel, The One With All That Hair. JPB M (SERIES)
Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin are both trapped, one in a tower by an evil witch, the other by his royal duties, but when their paths cross, aided by friends and a little luck, conditions change for them both. SEQUELS: Sleeping Beauty, The One that Took the Really Long Nap & Beauty and the Beast, the Only One Who Didn’t Run Away.
Morris, Taylor. Blowout. JPB M (Hello, Gorgeous! SERIES)
When thirteen-year-old Mickey starts working at her mother’s fabulous hair salon and tells secrets she learns there to people at school in order to be more popular, her plans backfire. SEQUEL: Foiled (2012)
Myracle, Lauren. Eleven. J FIC Myracle (Winnie Years SERIES)
The year between turning eleven and turning twelve bring many changes for Winnie and her friends. SEQUELS: Twelve (2007), Thirteen (2008) & Thirteen Plus One (2010). PREQUEL: Ten (2011).
Odell, Kathleen. Agnes Parker… Happy Camper. J FIC Odell
Science camp brings pranks, fun, rivalries, and a new and somewhat unsettling view of a longtime best friend.
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. J FIC Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. J PB P/ J Fic Paterson
An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.
Pennypacker, Sara. The Summer of the Gypsy Moths. J FIC Pennypacker
A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella’s great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.
Primavera, Elise. Ms. Rapscott’s Girls. J FIC Primavera
At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork.
Repka. Janice. The Clueless Girl’s Guide to being a Genius. J FIC Repka
When Aphrodite Wigglesmith, a thirteen-year-old, Harvard-educated mathematics genius, returns home to teach remedial math to middle school students, both she and her students end up getting unexpected lessons.
Schaefer, Laura. The Teashop Girls. J FIC Schaefer
Fourteen-year-old Annie, along with her two best friends, tries desperately to save her grandmother’s beloved, old-fashioned teashop in Madison, Wisconsin, while she also learns to accept the inevitability of change in life. Includes proverbs, quotations, and brief stories about tea, as well as recipes.
Schroeder, Lisa. It’s Raining Cupcakes. J FIC Schroeder (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of seeing the world but has never left Oregon, and so when her best friend, Sophie, tells her of a baking contest whose winners travel to New York City, she eagerly enters despite concerns about her mother, who is opening a cupcake bakery. Includes recipes. SEQUELS: Sprinkles and Secrets (2011) & Frosting and Friendship (2013).
Simon, Coco. Katie and the Cupcake Cure. JPB S (SERIES: Cupcake Diaries)
Who’s afraid of middle school? Not Katie Brown. After all, it can’t be that different from elementary school. But, boy, was she ever wrong! After her best friend ditches her for a new group of friends called the Popular Girls Club, Katie is left alone and starts to wonder if there’s an Unpopular Girls Club she can join. Luckily, Katie finds her way with a great new group of friends and together they form their own club. Four friends plus cupcakes turns out to be the icing on the cake.
Skolsky, Mindy Warshaw. Love From Your Friend, Hannah : a novel. J FIC Skolsky / J PB S
From her home in back of the Grand View Restaurant in rural New York, Hannah writes letters to her best friend, a pen pal, and even to President and Mrs. Roosevelt.
Sovern, Megan Jean. The Meaning of Maggie. J FIC Sovern
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.
Taylor, Sydney. All-Of-A-Kind Family. JPB T (SERIES)
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.
Valente, Catherynne. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. J FIC Valente (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old September’s ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods. SEQUEL: The Girl that Fell Beneath Fairlyland and Led the Revels There (2012).
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. J FIC Van Draanen (SERIES)
Thirteen-year-old Sammy’s penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation
of a robbery at the “seedy” hotel across the street from the seniors’ building where she is living with her grandmother.
Warner, Sally. It’s Only Temporary. J FIC Warner
When Skye’s older brother comes home after a devastating accident, she moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to California to live with her grandmother and attend middle school, where she somewhat reluctantly makes new friends, learns to stand up for herself and those she cares about, and begins to craft a new relationship with her changed brother.
Whittemore, Jo. Colonial Madness. J FIC Whittemore
Tori and her mother jump at the opportunity to inherit great-aunt Muriel’s colonial manor by living without modern conveniences for two weeks, but Tori finds herself distracted by Caleb, a cute boy on staff.
Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. J FIC Woods
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.
Yee, Lisa. So totally Emily Ebers. J FIC Yee
In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents’ divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.
Ziegler, Jennifer. Revenge of the Flower Girls. J FIC Ziegler
When their usual summer plans are upended by their big sister’s wedding, triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney struggle with their dislike for the groom-to-be, a sentiment that compels them to reunite their sister with her fun-loving ex.