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Belle Teal
by Ann M. Martin , Ann Martin Bowler , Lee Ann Martin

Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin's gripping, widely acclaimed novel of a girl confronting the perils of friendship and the conflicts of community.

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Bloomability
by Sharon Creech

When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it.

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Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates
Big Mouth No I did not. I did not, I did not. I did not say those things, and I did not plan those things. Won't It anyone believe me? Ugly Girl All right, Ugly Girl made a mistake. I'd told my mom what I'd heard in the cafeteria, and she'd told Dad. Evidently.
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Bucking the Sarge
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Luther T. Farrell  has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.

As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic." And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path."

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Deliver Us from Normal
by Kate Klise

Yes, there really is a Normal, Illinois. Charles Harrisong should know; he was born there. But life is difficult for Charles because his family isn't normal at all. They're poor, for one thing. They stand out, which is the worst thing.

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Double Fudge
by Judy Blume

Fudge is back, and he's discovered money in a big way.

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Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick

A brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh, and break their hearts at the same time. Now with a special note from the author!

Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost).

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Flying Solo
by Ralph Fletcher , Ralph J. Fletcher
When the substitute for Mr. "Fab" Fabiano never shows up and his sixth-grade students are on their own, they set out to prove that they can run the class by themselves. With a little ingenuity and some careful planning, they might just succeed.
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Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick

A brilliant, emotionally charged novel about two boys. One is a slow learner, too large for his age, and the other is a tiny, disabled genius. The two pair up to create one formidable human force known as "Freak the Mighty".

MAX. FREAK. BEST FRIENDS. FOREVER.

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Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend.

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Midnight for Charlie Bone
by Jenny Nimmo

Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he can hear people speaking through their photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted; it means that he is one of the chosen.

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Millicent Min, Girl Genius
by Lisa Yee

Millicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom.

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The Misfits
by James Howe


Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby call themselves the Gang of Five. Wonder why? Their name is a welcoming to any other kid out there who may find him/herself to be a misfit.

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Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
by Avi

In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect, ninth-grader Philip Malloy is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class.

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The Skin I'm In
by Sharon G. Flake

Maleeka Madison is a strong student who has had enough of being teased about her "too black" skin and handmade clothes. So when she starts seventh grade, she decides to adopt a sassier attitude and a tougher circle of friends.

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Slam!
by Walter Dean Myers

Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's quick enough to handle the point guard slot and, as his tag implies, he can slam dunk at will. His temper is like his game, hard and fast.

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Snail Mail No More
by Paula Danziger , Paula Danziger , Ann M. Martin , Ann Martin Bowler , Lee Ann Martin

In this powerful sequel to the acclaimed novel-in-letters P.S. Longer Letter Later, best friends Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are still totally different. Tara*Starr accessorizes with glitter and sequins and loves to be in the spotlight.

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Taking Sides
by Gary Soto

Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.

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The Wish
by Gail Carson Levine

There's nothing wrong with Wilma Sturtz. She's perfectly nice. But nobody cares about nice at Claverford, her middle school. Wilma is left out, forgotten, ignored — until she meets an extraordinary old lady who grants Wilma's wish to be the most popular kid in school. Presto! Everything changes.

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