by Hena Kahn Year Published: 2017
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she's in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the "cool" girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more "American." Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
by Nicole Helget Year Published: 2018
Eleven-year-old Fern doesn't have the easiest life. Her stepfather is out of work, and she's responsible for putting dinner on the table--not to mention keeping her wild younger brothers out of trouble. The woods near their home is her only refuge, where she finds food and plays with her neighbor's dog. But when a fracking company rolls into town, her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.
by James Ponti Year Published: 2017
Florian uses a special technique he calls T.O.A.S.T. (Theory of All Small Things) to solve mysteries. The technique enables Florian to draw conclusions based on noticing tiny details. Florian has just moved with his family to Washington, DC. He has never had many friends before. When he meets Margaret, the girl who lives next door, she is intrigued and fascinated by T.O.A.S.T. and begs Florian to teach it to her. When they go to the National Gallery of Art so Florian can teach her his method, they discover details that may be linked to the theft of three paintings. Florian's use of T.O.A.S.T. to find the missing art impresses the FBI so much that he is asked to become a covert consultant. When a dangerous crime syndicate kidnaps Florian, he will have to use every trick he knows to escape and save the day.
by Melissa Savage Year Published: 2017
Lemonade Liberty Witt has just lost her mother and has been uprooted from her home in 1970s San Francisco to live with her estranged grandfather in Willow Creek, CA. Lem's grandfather is a Bigfoot enthusiast, though not quite as enthusiastic as Tobin Sky, the boy next door, who quickly embraces Lem as a confidant. Lem must learn to cope with her own pain while understanding others', all while helping Tobin run the local Bigfoot Detective Inc.
by Andrew Clements Year Published: 2017
Sixth grader Alec Spencer spends most of his time reading-in real life he's harassed by his neighbor and former friend Kent, and books are a welcome escape. But Alec's constant reading is putting him in the academic danger zone (summer school is a distinct possibility). At the after-school program Alec is participating in, the options are to do homework, join a club, or create one; just sitting and reading isn't allowed. So he starts a club for silent reading and calls it the Losers Club to keep membership small, though he does invite new student Nina. But others soon want to join, and both Alec and Kent develop a crush on Nina.
by Varian Johnson Year Published: 2018
After her parents divorce, 12-year-old Candice Miller begrudgingly moves with her mother from Atlanta to the small town of Lambert, S.C., for the summer. In the attic of Candice's late grandmother's house she finds a letter addressed to her grandmother, which promises treasure to the city if the letter's puzzle can be solved. Candice then learns that her grandmother's efforts to do so years earlier cost her both her reputation and her job as the first African-American city manager in Lambert. Candice digs into the mystery along with Brandon, an 11-year-old neighbor who is being bullied. The two bookworms have just a few months to find the fortune and repair Candice's grandmother's legacy, and they come to discover how racism has poisoned the town over the years.
by Gita Varadarajan & Sarah Weeks Year Published: 2016
Fifth grader Ravi was a star student back in India, but in New Jersey, his classmates can't understand his accented English, and his freshly-pressed clothes and homemade curry lunches mark him as different. For Joe, who has Auditory Processing Disorder ("My brain and noise don't get along"), school has become an ordeal, mostly because the most popular boy in class bullies him at every opportunity. Ravi and Joe's stories span a single week, with alternating narratives revealing their different perspectives of the same events.
by Brian Farrey Year Published: 2016
The queen is dying, a strange menace lures townspeople to places unknown, and Princess Jeniah's only hope for saving her monarchy lies in the one place prophesied to bring about its destruction. In Emberfell, where perpetual happiness reigns, Jeniah and Aon, a commoner, feel like outsiders because they alone seem to know sorrow and fear. Bound together by the grief of parental loss, the two protagonists vow to uncover the secret behind Aon's mother's strange disappearance and how it relates to the foreshadowed downfall of the monarchy's seemingly blissful 1,000-year rule.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published: 2016
When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?
by Barbara O'Connor Year Published: 2016
Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets
Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.