Alvarez, Julia. Return to Sender. Y FIC Alvarez
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Bauer, Joan. Soar. Y FIC Bauer
Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.
Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. Y FIC Benjamin
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.
Blackstone, Matt. Sorry You’re Lost. Y FIC Blackstone
New Jersey seventh grader and class clown Denny Murphy has just lost his mother, his father is uncommunicative, he is in trouble with his teachers, and to top it all off, his best friend has a scheme to get dates for the end-of-year school dance.
Bonk, John J. Dustin Grubbs : one-man show. Y FIC Bonk
A sixth-grader, who longs to see his name in lights, recounts life at Buttermilk Falls Elementary in preparation for the school drama production.
Burgis, Stephanie. Kat, Incorrigible. Y FIC Burgis
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.
Butler, Dori Hillestad. The Truth About Truman School. Y FIC Butler
Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper’s advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything, but things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harrass one popular girl.
Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Y FIC Choldenko (SERIES)
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. Al Capone Shines My Shoes (2009), Al Capone Does My Homework (2013).
Choldenko, Gennifer. If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period. Y FIC Choldenko
Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.
Cochrane, Mick. The Girl who Threw Butterflies. Y FIC Cochrane
Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.
Creech, Sharon. Absolutely Normal Chaos. Y PB C (SUMMER READING)
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.
Eagar, Lindsay. Hour of the Bees. Y FIC Eagar
At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.
Earle, Phil. The Bubble Wrap Boy. Y FIC Earle
Fourteen-year-old social outcast Charlie Han, known as “the short Chinese kid” at school, searches for a talent to improve his popularity, but when he discovers skateboarding, much to the disapproval of his overprotective mother, he also uncovers a huge family secret.
Friend, Natasha Where You’ll Find Me. Y FIC Friend
After her mother’s attempted suicide, thirteen-year-old Anna goes to live with her father and his new family, and learns to navigate the shifting loyalties of middle school friendships.
Gavalda, Anna. 95 Pounds of Hope. Y FIC Gavalda
From his first day, school had been torture for Gregory and it got progressively worse, until he was expelled in eighth grade, but through all his difficulties, Gregory could count on support from his grandfather, until his grandfather became ill and needed support from Gregory.
Goldschmidt, Judy. The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez . Y FIC Goldschmidt
In a weblog she sends to her best friends back in Berkeley, seventh-grader Raisin Rodriguez chronicles her successes and her more frequent humiliating failures as she attempts to make friends at her new Philadelphia school.
Greenwald, Lisa. My Life in Pick & Green. Y FIC Greenwald (SERIES)
When the family’s drugstore is failing, seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem solving talents to come up with solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment.
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Y FIC Hiaasen // YPB H
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Higgins, Jack. First Strike. Y FIC Higgins
British twins Rich and Jade are once again thrown into danger as they try to help their spy father, John Chance, save the President of the United States from a radical group holding the White House hostage and attempting to steal the nation’s nuclear launch codes.
Holczer, Tracy. The Secret Hum of a Daisy. Y FIC Holczer
After 12-year-old Grace’s mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt–one that will help her find her true home.
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. One for the Murphys. Y FIC Hunt
After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love.
Johnson, Varian. The Great Greene Heist. Y FIC Johnson
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight–but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson’s former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
Korman, Gordon. The Twinkie Squad. Y FIC Korman
Chaos spreads when Douglas, the most eccentric sixth grader in Thaddeus G. Little Middle School, joins the Twinkie Squad, a special counselling group for problem students.
Koss, Amy Goldman. The Girls. Y FIC Koss
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.
Lawrence, Iain. The Wreckers. Y FIC Lawrence
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.
Lemke, Donald B. Drop In. Y FIC Tony Hawk’s
Omar Grebes and his friend Tommy Goff are both reckless skateboarders, but when they become involved with a mysterious organization called The Revolution, things get confusing and dangerous.
Lupica, Mike. The Only Game. Y FIC Lupica
Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand.
Moriarty, Chris. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. Y FIC Moriarty
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler’s ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.
Nickerson, Sara. The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me. Y FIC Nickerson
Missy struggles with her father’s upcoming marriage and separation from her best friends when she and her brother Jack get summer jobs picking blueberries at a local farm to earn extra money.
Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered. Y FIC Paulsen
Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
Rivers, Karen. The Girl in the Well is Me. Y FIC Rivers
Eleven-year-old Kammie reflects on her life as she fights claustrophobia while waiting to be rescued from a well she fell into while trying to impress some mean girls.
Roy, Carter. The Blood Guard. Y FIC Roy
Thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove learns that he is a member of the Blood Guard, a secret society sworn to protect the pure, and must use his skills to save his kidnapped father, the girl of his dreams, and the world.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Echo. Y FIC Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Sachar, Louis. Holes. YPB S
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Salerni, Dianne K. The Eighth Day. Y FIC Salerni (SERIES)
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn’t expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there’s an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it’s clear his life will never be the same. SEQUELS: (2015) & (2016).
Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Y FIC Sheldon
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself “Lola,” sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.
Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee : A Novel. Y FIC Spinelli/ Y PB S
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Surrisi, Cynthia. The Maypop Kidnapping. Y FIC Surrisi
Quinnie’s teacher has disappeared. Quinnie suspects a kidnapping but her mom, even though she’s the sheriff of their small Maine town, disagrees. So Quinnie teams with her glamorous new neighbor to investigate the mystery.
Tubb, Kristin O’Donnell. The 13th Sign. Y FIC Tubb
On her thirteenth birthday, Jalen unwittingly brings the twelve signs of the zodiac to life through a mysterious old book, and soon she, her friend Ellie, and Ellie’s brother, Brennan, are battling in the streets of New Orleans to defeat the twelve and their little-known companion before time runs out.
Van Dolzer, Krista. Don’t Vote For Me. Y FIC Van Dolzer
Roped into running for class president against the most popular girl in school, sixth-grader David discovers another side to his opponent when they also get paired up for the spring musical recital.
Wolf, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. Y FIC Wolf
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.