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  •  Wishtree


    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2017

    Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree" ― people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

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  • The Van Gogh Deception

    The Van Gogh Deception

    by Deron Hicks Year Published: 2017

    When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, he must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.

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  •  Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge

    Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge

    by Susan Vaught Year Published: 2017

    Twelve-year-old Max is determined to investigate the connection between a hacker's online attacks of her grandfather and other town officials and suspicious activity at the supposedly haunted Thornwood Manor, even though her grandfather, who is Blue Creek's police chief, wants to keep Max and her souped-up wheelchair out of police business.

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  •  Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    by Jennifer Torres Year Published: 2017

    Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be a distant memory. Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen.  But when her family's livelihood is threatened, and it looks like her wish will finally come true, Stef surprises everyone (including herself) by becoming the truck's unlikely champion. In this fun and heartfelt novel, Stef will discover what matters most and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla.

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  •  Let's Pretend We Never Met

    Let’s Pretend We Never Met

    by Melissa Walker Year Published: 2017

    If it were up to Mattie Markham, there would be a law that said your family wasn't allowed to move in the middle of the school year. After all, sixth grade is hard enough without wondering if you'll be able to make new friends or worrying that the kids in Pennsylvania won't like your North Carolina accent. But when Mattie meets her next-door neighbor and classmate, she begins to think maybe she was silly to fear being the 'new girl.' Agnes is like no one Mattie has ever met--she's curious, hilarious, smart, and makes up the best games. If winter break is anything to go by, the rest of the school year should be a breeze. Only it isn't, because when vacation ends and school starts, Mattie realizes something: At school Agnes is known as the weird girl who no one likes. All Mattie wants is to fit in (okay, and maybe be a little popular too), but is that worth ending her friendship with Agnes?

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  •  Joplin, Wishing

    Joplin, Wishing

    by Diane Stanley Year Published: 2017

    While cleaning out her reclusive grandfather's house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter in a cookie tin. After having the platter repaired, Joplin wishes that she could both find a friend at school, and befriend the girl pictured in the platter. The next day, Joplin befriends a boy named Barrett, and also notices a girl outside her apartment. A girl who looks remarkably like the girl in the platter...The girl introduces herself as Sofie, and she has a terrible secret. Cursed to grant wishes for the owner of the platter for all of time, she has been trapped for centuries. Joplin and Barrett vow to help her, but freeing Sofie is more complicated than they could have imagined, and the three friends end up against a sinister foe who could put them all in terrible danger.

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  •  Family Game Night

    Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

    by Mary E. Lambert Year Published: 2018

    Seventh-grader Annabelle's mother is a hoarder, and their whole house is full of canned goods, broken toys, fabric, and old newspapers--but when a pile of newspapers (organized by weather reports) falls on Annabelle's younger sister Leslie and their mother is more concerned about the newspapers, it sets off a chain of events that brings their fix-it-all grandmother in and Annabelle realizes that if there is any hope for change she can not isolate herself and keep her family's problems secret.

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  • The Exact Location of Home

    The Exact Location of Home

    by Kate Messner Year Published: 2018

    Believing his long-absent father is missing and leaving clues behind through geocaching, Zig, thirteen, relies on his love of electronics, a garage sale GPS unit, and his best friend, Gianna, to search for answers.

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  •  Confession of a Principal's Kid

    Confessions from a Principal’s Kid

    by Robin Mellom Year Published: 2017

    During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal's kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She's friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she's sick of being an outsider--so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex-best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?

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  •  Chester and Gus

    Chester and Gus

    by Cammie McGovern Year Published: 2017

    Chester hopes to follow in his mother's paw prints and become a service dog, but when a family with an autistic son adopts him, it's not exactly what Chester imagined, but he'll do whatever he can to prove he's the right dog for the job.   

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  •  A Night Divided book cover

    A Night Divided

    by Jennifer A. Nielsen Year Published: 2015

    In this historical novel that takes place during the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided overnight. Living on the Soviet controlled eastern side of Germany, Gerta, her mother and her brother Fritz find themselves separated from Gerta’s father and middle brother, who traveled west in search of work. Soon after, Gerta finds herself thinking forbidden thoughts of freedom. She hates being a prisoner in her own city under the watchful eyes of the East German soldiers with their guns. She longs to be with the rest of her family. A secret message from her father, hidden in a silly dance, gives Gerta hope and a plan for escape: tunneling to freedom out of East Berlin. Seeking help from her brother Fritz and facing deadly consequences, including hunger, exhaustion, and detection, Gerta learns that no one can be trusted. Getting caught will mean certain death. Will they find their way to freedom? Will the family be reunited, and if so, at what cost?

    336 pages



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  •  All the Answers book cover

    All the Answers

    by Kate Messner Year Published: 2015

    What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear.

    256 pages


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  •  Crenshaw book cover


    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2015

    Rising fifth-grader Jackson is a bit alarmed when his imaginary friend, a very large black and white cat named Crenshaw, begins to reappear in his life.  He thinks he must be losing his mind or maybe he is going crazy from hunger.  But, Crenshaw refuses to disappear until Jackson discovers the real reason why his old friend has retuned.

    256 pages

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  •  Escape from Baxters Barn book cover

    Escape from Baxters' Barn

    by Rebecca Bond Year Published: 2015

    Burdock, the one-eyed cat, overhears a plot from his farmer to burn down their barn in order to collect insurance money. He and the other farm animals develop a plan that uses each animal’s talent in order to try and escape. This wonderful story displays moments of humor, family and a true spirit of teamwork among animals of all different abilities.

    246 pages


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  •  Fuzzy Mud book cover

    Fuzzy Mud

    by Louis Sacher Year Published: 2015

    A shortcut home through the woods behind school leads to trouble for fifth grader Tamaya and seventh grader Marshall. Not only are they being followed by the school’s newest arrival and bully, Chad, but all around them something is growing. Something fuzzy. Something threatening to infect the world. 

    183 pages 


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  •  Moving Target book cover

    Moving Target

    by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Year Published: 2015

    Eighth grader Cassie Aroyo has moved from one college town to another her whole life because of her father’s job. This time, her father’s job takes them to Rome. While this should be an exciting time, Cassie is bored with her life, until her father picks her up from school one day in a panic. He tells her there are people after them and they must leave immediately. After her father is shot, he tells her she must leave him to find Brother Gregario, a monk who is the only person she can trust. Cassie begins to learn about her past and how she is a descendant of an ancient bloodline that has power over the Spear of Destiny: an object that allows its controller to shape the future. Because of her connection with the spear, Cassie learns that she is a target of the Hastati, a secret organization that wants the spear for itself or will go to any lengths to make sure no one else gets it, including her. With her best friend at her side, she goes on the adventure of a lifetime to find the spear before the Hastati does.   

    248 pages

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  •  Roller Girl book cover

    Roller Girl

    by Victoria Jamieson Year Published: 2015

    For most of her twelve years, Astrid and her best friend Nicole have been inseparable. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. This begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school . . . in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

     239 pages

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  •  Serafina and the Black Cloak book cover

    Serafina and the Black Cloak

    by Robert Beatty Year Published: 2015

    Serafina lives with her father in the basement of Biltmore Estate. He is a maintenance man working for the wealthy Vanderbilt family; Serafina is his secret. So that she remains unseen, she roams the mansion only at night. Why must her father keep her hidden? Even Serafina does not know. Serafina risks discovery when she is the only witness to an otherworldly abduction of a child visiting the Vanderbilts and realizes that she must take action. What lengths will Serafina go to solve the mystery and what will she learn about herself in the process?

    293 pages


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  •  The Enchanted Files: Cursed book cover

    The Enchanted Files: Cursed

    by Bruce Coville Year Published: 2015

    Nothing like inheriting a magical brownie who does all your chores. Alex isn’t very happy that Angus, a brownie from the Enchanted Realm, is hers because of a century old curse. She doesn’t want him, period. Diary entries and reports chronicle the unfortunate and often hilarious tales of the two trying to find a way to get along. This sour relationship between brownie and human turns out sweet in the end, or is this just the beginning.

    256 pages

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  •  The Last Kids on Earth book cover

    The Last Kids on Earth

    by Max Brallier Year Published: 2015

    The zombie apocalypse has hit Wakefield, but 13 year old foster kid Jack Sullivan is ready! He assembles a monster fighting team with his best friend, Quint, a science whiz, and his former bully, Dirk, and his new pet monster, Rover, and together they team up to rescue June, the girl he had a crush on before the world ended. If the zombies weren’t bad enough, there are also Vine Thingies, Winged Wretches, and worst of all, Blarg, a super intelligent monster with a personal vendetta against Jack. Jack and his tiny army shelter in a well-defended tree house by night and battle monsters by day in order to survive in this new world.

    240 pages


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