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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
C GN/COMICS TEL

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
C GN/COMICS TEL

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina’s disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents’ marriage.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
C GN/COMICS HAT

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

A Wrinkle in Time: the graphic novel by Madeleine L’Engle
C GN/COMICS L’EN

A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
C GN/COMICS PEI
C KIDS GENERAL PEI

A compilation of Big Nate comic strips is presented in a new format and is complemented by quotes from the novels, a special activity in the back, and a sneak peek at Big NateFlips Out.

Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
C TWEEN GENERAL BEN

In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
C TWEEN GENERAL BUY

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

Frindle by Andrew Clements
C TWEEN GENERAL CLE

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
C TWEEN GENERAL HOL

Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year! Here’s the story of one girl’s worst school year ever — told completely through her stuff.

The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
C TWEEN GENERAL IGN

Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.

How I Survived Middle School by Nancy Krulik
C TWEEN GENERAL KRU

After spending the night studying the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Handbook, Jenny McAfee feels totally prepared to start sixth grade. But Jenny has another reason to feel confident. She’ll have her best friend, Addie Wilson, right there by her side.

When Jenny and Addie meet at their lockers the next morning, Jenny finds out that Addie has other plans–and they don’t include her. Could Addie really be ditching her for The Pops–the coolest seventh graders in the school?

Rules by Cynthia Lord
C TWEEN GENERAL LOR

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
C TWEEN GENERAL MAR

When her mother gets a new boyfriend, sixth-grader Annabelle gets to cope with a new town, a new school, and a new puppy and, while training her puppy, she decides to apply some of the same techniques to tame the unruly boysthat are making her middle-school life miserable.

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
C TWEEN GENERAL MOS

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl’snotebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

Agnes Parker by Kathleen O’Dell
C TWEEN GENERAL O’DE

As she starts in the sixth grade, Agnes faces challenges with her old best friend, a longtime bully, a wonderful new classmate and neighbor, and herself.

Wonder by RJ Palacio
C TWEEN GENERAL PAL

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.

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
C TWEEN GENERAL RUS

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
C TWEEN SPORTS & ADV MES

When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of theSilver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
C TWEEN SPORTS & ADV STEA

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
C KIDS HISTORICAL HOL

 In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

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If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, why not try…

diary of a wimpy kidDiary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Rodrick Rules

The Last Straw

Dog Days

The Ugly Truth

Cabin Fever

The Third Wheel

Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 (coming soon… 11/4/14)

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When you’ve read the whole series, why not try these other books?

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Ivy + Bean by Annie BarrowsIvy + Bean

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

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Stink by Megan McDonaldStink : the incredible shrinking kid

The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school. 

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Please Write in This Book by Mary AmatoPlease write in this book

When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer’s Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to “talk to each other” in its pages, the student’s entries spark a classroom-wide battle. 

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Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren ChildUtterly me, Clarice Bean

When someone steals the winner’s trophy for the school book project, Clarice emulates her favorite book heroine, Ruby Redfort the detective. 

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Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne FineThe diary of a killer cat

Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor’s rabbit.

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Lenny & Mel by Erik KraftLenny and Mel

Twin brothers observe a year’s worth of holidays in some very unusual ways. What do Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Presidents’ Day, Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Flag Day have in common? Find out by letting Lenny and Mel take you on a journey through the holidays. See what it takes to be a good student, get fascinating Halloween costume ideas, lose those unsightly leftovers, and pretty much tackle any holiday that fall, winter, or spring can throw at you. Well, maybe not any holiday. But several. Definitely several. 

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Alvin Ho : allergic to girls, school, and other scary things by Lenore LookAlvin Ho : allergic to girls, school, and other scary things

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. 

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Shredderman series by Wendelin van DraanenSecret identity

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman! After Mr. Green assigns everyone the task of becoming reporters, Nolan Byrd decides to go undercover and do an exposé via a web site on Bubba and the bullies at his school–giving them a dose of their own medicine by showing what they really are and what their classmates really think of them.

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom AnglebergerThe strange case of Origami Yoda

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

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I Represent Sean Rosen by Jeff BaronI REPRESENT SEAN ROSEN

Sean Rosen knows what he wants. A ten-million-dollar deal with a big Hollywood studio. The only problem is, he’s a kid. And he’s busy with school. And he lives far from Los Angeles or New York City. But Sean does have a laptop and a phone, and he’s smart. He’s about to have the ride of a lifetime as he discovers the ins and outs—and dos and don’ts—of becoming one of the youngest movie moguls the world’s ever known. 

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Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim BentonLet's pretend this never happened : by Jamie Kelly

In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.

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Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg CabotMoving day

Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.

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No Talking by Andrew ClementsNo talking

The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a “no talking” contest. 

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Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer HolmMiddle school is worse than meatloaf : a year told through stuff

Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year! Here’s the story of one girl’s worst school year ever — told completely through her stuff.  

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The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy IgnatowThe popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don’t translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents won’t stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbjørnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goal—and each other. 

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Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa MossAmelia's notebook

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl’s notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one. 

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Lawn Boy by Gary PaulsenLawn boy

One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa’s old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about “the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth.” “Wealth?” I said. “It’s groovy, man,” said Arnold. If I’d known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That’s when my 12th summer got really interesting. 

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Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee RussellTales from a not-so-fabulous life

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

 

 

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Readalouds for Big Kids

Looking for some good chapter books to read to your child?  Look no further!readalouds for big kids

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What you’re reading

Some recently returned books in our children’s department

Dorinda Williams. Over There.

Rachael Hale. SomeBunny Loves You.

Marc Brown. D.W.’s Lost Blankie.

George Lucas. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

 

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