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For Younger Readers:

 

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Learned to Teach.
Miguel isn't sure how he feels about his Tia Lola, who is from the Dominican Republic, coming to his school to teach Spanish, but everyone soon falls in love with his warm, spirited aunt.

Gantos, Jack. Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue.
This prequel to the very funny "Jack Henry" series finds Jack and his family moving to North Carolina, where he starts 4th grade in yet another new school.

Gutman, Dan. Talent Show.
It's tough to put on a talent show, especially when no one in town has much talent! Expect many humorous surprises as this school show unfolds.

Henkes, Kevin. Junonia.
As she heads to her family's beach cottage, Alice Rice is hoping for a perfect summer, one where she finally finds a rare junonia shell and has the best birthday party ever.

Hest, Amy. Mr. George Baker.
It doesn't matter that George Baker is 100 years old and Harry is only a first grader; they are best buddies and love riding to school together, where they work on their goal of learning to read.

Holt, Kimberly. Piper Reed, Navy Brat.
Fans of Ramona & Judy Moody will love nine-year-old Piper, the spunky middle child in a loving military family.

Jones, Marcia Thornton. Ratfink.
Will Logan be able to overcome the embarrassment caused by his forgetful grandfather and his new classmate Emily, who seems determined to make his life miserable?

Kelly, Katie. Melonhead.
Adam Melon, otherwise known as Melonhead, is a very busy 10-year-old! There's never a dull moment as he gets stuck in a tree, deals with a lost pet snake, and competes in the school science fair!

Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Goes Cuckoo.
Icy cold weather prevents Room 2B from going outside for recess. Can Harry survive the boredom, or will he and his friends go cuckoo?

Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.
Second grader Alvin Ho has a long list of fears, but after befriending a girl named Flea, things start to look up.

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird, So Absurd.
Gooney Bird Greene's 2nd grade class is learning all about poetry and the students use their new knowledge in a very positive and touching way.

Mazer, Norma Fox. Ten Ways to Make my Sister Disappear.
Ten-year-old Sprig has an older sister who is driving her crazy, so crazy in fact that she wishes Dakota would disappear! But when troubles arise, she finds she needs her sister more than she ever guessed.

McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Incredible Super-galactic Jawbreaker.
Do you know what an idiom is? Read this book about Stink and his sister Judy and learn all about it!

McGhee, Alison. Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing).
Julia Gillian and Bigfoot, her faithful St. Bernard, are never afraid to go exploring in her Minneapolis neighborhood, but the pressure to finish a book with a possibly sad ending is almost too much for this engaging nine-year-old.

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine, Friend of the Week.
Third-grader Clementine is super-excited because she's been chosen as Friend of the Week in her class. Her special week sours, though, when she has a fight with her friend Margaret, and gets even worse when she loses her kitten, Moisturizer.

Vail, Rachel. Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters.
This hilarious book features 3rd-grader Justin Case, who worries about everything and records all his crises in his journal.

Yee, Lisa. Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally).
Share a laugh with Robert Carver Ellis-Chan, a normal 4th grade boy with a knack for getting himself into crazy situations.


 

For Older Readers:



Abbott, Tony. Firegirl.
Tom's 7th grade class is turned upside down when Jessica, a very badly burned girl, joins their school. Despite some initial anxiousness, Tom forms a friendship with Jessica that changes his life.

Bateson, Catherine. Magenta McPhee.
Magenta is worried about her divorced dad, who lost his job months ago, so she uses her writing skills to set up a profile for him on an online dating site.

Buyea, Rob. Because of Mr. Terupt.
A motley group of 5th grade kids at Snow Hill School have various flaws, backgrounds, personalities, and conflicts, but from the first day of school Mr. Terupt, their inspiring, dynamic and tough teacher, holds them all together until that snowy day of the tragic accident. Find out who is to blame and what becomes of the class.

Clements, Andrew. Extra Credit.
A very timely story about two young teens from different backgrounds, a Midwest girl and a boy from a small Afghan village. What starts as a simple school pen-pal assignment becomes so much more.

Codell, Esme Raji. Sahara Special.
Repeating 5th grade turns from a trial to triumph for Sahara Jones, thanks to an exceptional teacher.

Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Chicken Boy.
Tobin's life with his neglectful dad and juvenile delinquent siblings has been hard since his mom's death, but a friendship with a new kid named Henry and a project raising chickens starts to turn his life around.

Ellis, Deborah. No Ordinary Day.
A compelling story about Valli, a spunky runaway girl, living by her wits on the streets of Kolkata, India.

Erskine, Kathryn. Mockingbird.
Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to deal with the shooting death of her big brother Devon, who always protected and guided her.

Frazier, Sundee Tucker. The Other Half of My Heart.
When their grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen competition, dark skinned Keira and redhead Minni, twin sisters of an interracial couple, encounter prejudices they had not experienced before.

Gervay, Susanne. I Am Jack.
11-year-old Jack is normally an upbeat guy, but his life slowly becomes consumed with battling bullies at school until some caring adults step in and make a difference.

Giff, Patricia. Wild Girl.
As 12-year-old Lidie leaves her home in Brazil for New York, a filly is born and begins a similar journey to a new home. See how their paths intersect in this excellent horse tale.

Horvath, Polly. Everything on a Waffle.
Despite what everyone tells her, 11-year old Primrose Squarp just knows her parents did not die at sea and she refuses to be considered an orphan, despite all the arrangements the townspeople of Coal Harbor try to make on her behalf.

Lord, Cynthia. Rules.
12-year-old Catherine blames her autistic brother for derailing her hopes for a "normal" life.

Martin, Ann. Ten Rules for Living with My Sister.
Problems arise when two sisters, Lexie and Pearl, are forced to share a bedroom when their grandfather comes to stay.

McKay, Hilary. Indigo’s Star.
A group of bullies make Indigo Casson dread returning to school after an illness, but Tom, a new friend from America, changes all that.

Myracle, Lauren. Luv Ya Bunches.
Sometimes kids are divided by the labels that others assign them. In a fifth grade class, Katie-Rose is the loud-mouth spaz, Milla the popular girl, Yasaman the quiet one, and Violet the new girl. Under normal circumstances, these four might never have become friends, but something happens to change that.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Faith, Hope and Ivy June.
Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Coombs live in very different parts of Kentucky. Ivy lives with her grandparents high up in the hills of coal country and Catherine lives in a very comfortable middle class home in town. Their meeting through a student exchange program between their schools opens their eyes in many ways.

Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry.
Korean-American Julia Song and her friend Patrick decide to raise silkworms for their Wiggle Club project, which leads to unexpected results and insights.

Paulsen, Gary. Liar, Liar: the Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception.
Kevin is very good at lying and has always thought it made his life easier. However, after a week that sees him skipping classes, hurting his best friend's feelings, and infuriating his aunt, he's not so sure.

Spinelli, Jerry. Eggs.
Friendship can be complicated! Just ask David & Primrose, two kids whose less-than-perfect relationship nevertheless helps them deal with difficult family situations.

Springstubb, Tricia. What Happened on Fox Street.
Everything important to Mo Wren is on Fox Street: her memories, security, and her best friend. But despite her best efforts to stop it, her street begins to change and Mo finally learns she may need to change as well.

Tarshis, Lauren. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree.
When middle schooler Emma Jean Lazarus, a logical girl who doesn't "do messy relationships", decides to help her classmates with their problems, disaster results.

Wiles, Debbie. Each Little Bird That Sings.
10-year-old Comfort Snowberger prides herself on her ability to weather life's storms. After all, her family does run the only funeral parlor in town. However, Comfort learns life is constantly full of surprises, despite the best preparation!

Williams, Dar. Amalee.
Abandoned by her mom and raised by her father and his four big goofy friends, Amalee's world is not exactly normal. Though weighed down by her circumstances, her courage sees her through this complicated world she lives in, until the unexpected happens.

Winston, Sherri. President of the Whole Fifth Grade.
The competition turns ugly when Brianna Justice runs against a new student, Jasmine Moon, for class president. This story provides good insight into both the political process and the petty meanness in which kids sometimes participate.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Locomotion.
11-year-old Lonnie uses poetry to help him express and work through some tough times at home and at school.

Zucker, Naomi. Callie’s Rules.
Ah, middle school, a treacherous place. Callie tries to handle the chaos with her own set of rules, but learns more is needed to figure out life.


Compiled by Children’s Librarians of the Monroe County Library System, 2012.