• Book Award Voting will be at the end of February during your lunch period. In order to vote (and to have lunch provided)-you will have to read at least 3 of the 20 nominees. If you are participating in Battle of the Books-you *SHOULD* qualify.


    Be a part of the South Carolina Junior Book Award voting at Kennedy Middle. If you read at least three of the titles listed below, you will be invited to a voting lunch at the end of February. Titles that are starred * are part of the Battle of the Books. If at title has #, this means that Kennedy has the ebook version as well as a print version!

  • All's Faire in Middle School

    by Victoria Jamieson Year Published: 2017

    Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.

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  • Beyond the Bright Sea

    by Lauren Wolk Year Published: 2018

    Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a tiny skiff as an infant and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor across the sandbar. But it isn't until the night when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Using her bravery and perseverance, Crow must follow clues that not only lead to a personal treasure, but to uncovering her lost identity and, ultimately, understanding what it means to be a family.

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  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    by Pablo Cartaya Year Published: 2017

    Tells the story of Arturo, who is looking forward to a relaxing summer until Carmen, a cute and funny girl moves into his apartment complex and while he deals with his stomach turning into a deep fryer over a girl, a smarmy land developer rolls into town and threatens to change it.

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  • The First Rule of Punk

    by Celia C. Perez Year Published: 2017

    Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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  • Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

    by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi Year Published: 2017

    "When the United States went to war with Japan in 1941, the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast to live in distant prison camps, even though they had done nothing wrong. This included Fred [Korematsu], whose parents had immigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew he should have the same rights as any other American citizen . . . [This] story of Fred Korematsu's fight against discrimination takes us through the life of one courageous person who made the United States a fairer place for all Americans"--Back cover.

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  • Genevieve's War *#

    by Patricia Reilly Giff Year Published: 2017

    "In August 1939 Genevieve makes an impulsive decision not to get on a train to take her to a boat back to New York and must spend the duration of World War II with her grandmother in a small village in Alsace, France, where she becomes involved with the French resistance"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Greetings from Witness Protection! *#

    by Jake Burt Year Published: 2017

    Thirteen-year-old Nikki Demere is an orphan and a kleptomaniac, making her the perfect girl to portray the Trevors' daughter in witness protection, but she soon learns that the biggest threat to her new family's security comes from her own past.

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  • Halfway Normal

    by Barbara Dee Year Published: 2018

    Twelve-year-old cancer survivor Norah struggles to fit in at middle school after two years of treatment, but she finds her voice with the help of new friend Griffin, who shares her love of mythology.

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  • Hear the Wolves *#

    by Victoria Scott Year Published: 2017

    Sloan Riley is a skilled hunter, but since her mother left, and she lost hearing in one ear, she has clung to her father and older sister, so waking up and discovering they have left her for a few days terrifies her--but when an autumn blizzard threatens to bury her small Alaskan town, and the wolves begin to hunt, she must find her courage if she is to get herself and the few remaining citizens to safety beyond the forest.

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  • In Some Other Life

    by Jessica Brody Year Published: 2017

    Kennedy chose to pursue the boy of her dreams rather than attend an elite private school, but as their romance ends she gets a glimpse of the not-so-perfect life she might have had.

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  • Insignificant Events in the Life of the Cactus *#

    by Dusti Bowling Year Published: 2017

    "Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms."--Provided by publisher.

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  • Last Day on Mars *#

    by Kevin Emerson Year Published: 2017

    "While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Miles Morales Spider-Man

    by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2017

    "Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Nemesis

    by Brendan Reichs Year Published: 2018

    As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.

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  • Restart *#

    by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2017

    "Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Saving Marty

    by Paul Griffin Year Published: 2017

    "When Lorenzo adopts a runt piglet destined for auction, an unexpected, life-changing friendship forms"--Provided by publisher.

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  • The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade *#

    by Jordan Sonnenblick Year Published: 2017

    Maverick Falconer is just starting middle school and he wishes he were a hero like his father because maybe then he could deal with his mother's drinking and series of abusive boyfriends, not to mention the kids who bully him in middle school (pretty much the same ones who bullied him in elementary school)--but as the year passes he begins to realize that other kids have problems too, and maybe if they can all survive sixth-grade things will get better.

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  • Sidetracked *#

    by Diana Harmon Asher Year Published: 2017

    "Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman is friendless and puny, with ADD to boot. He spends most of his time avoiding the class bully and hiding out in the Resource Room. But the Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school cross country team, and he meets Heather, a new student who's tough and athletic and refuses to be pushed around by anybody"--Provided by publisher.

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  • The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle*#

    by Leslie Connor Year Published: 2018

    "Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason's learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day. Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He's desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?"--Amazon.com.

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  • Wild Bird *

    by Wendelin Van Draanan Year Published:

    "When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp where she is forced to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help."--Provided by publisher.

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