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6th Grade

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Rain Reign - Ann M. Martin
Rose is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein). Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different. When a storm hits and Rain goes missing Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines.

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Tesla's Attic - Neal Shusterman; Eric Elfman
Nick moves into an old Victorian house, and when he opens the door to the attic, he's hit in the head by a toaster. That's just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there. After getting rid of the odd antiques in a garage sale, Nick and his friends discover the objects have extraordinary properties. Nick also figures out that the attic is a vortex, which attracts all sorts of trouble.

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The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell
When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that holds Sand prisoner. To survive, Sand does what he knows best--he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs. But the things he fixes work better than they should. Is it magic?

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El Deafo - Cece Bell
Going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid.

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Home of the Brave - Katherine Applegate
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

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The Whispering Skull - Jonathan Stroud
A new client hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. All goes well until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. Then Bickerstaff's coffin is raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished.

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Codename Zero - Chris Rylander
When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, the middle schooler discovers there's something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown he had never expected--something involving the CIA.

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Waiting for Unicorns - Beth Hautala
Talia is still reeling from the death of her mother, but is forced to travel with her emotionally distant whale-researcher father to the Arctic for the summer. Everything about life in Churchill feels foreign, including Sura, the Inuit woman caring for Talia. But when Sura exposes her to the tradition of storytelling, she unlocks something buried.

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The Walk On - John Feinstein
After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback. But he must deal with the idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also son of the corrupt head coach.

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The Golden Door - Emily Rodda
At night the skimmers fly over the Wall looking for human prey and the people of Weld huddle in their homes. After his two brothers set out through the magic doors in an attempt to find the Enemy and do not come back, young Rye knows that he must follow and find them.

 

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Leaving China - James McMullan
A memoir by illustrator James McMullan, focusing on his life after World War II began, in which, he and his mother moved from one place to another--Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Darjeeling, and more.

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Sneaker Century - Amber Keyser
Sneakers in the 1800s were just a canvas upper and a rubber sole. Today athletic shoes are a multi-billion dollar industry. In Sneaker Century, readers will analyze the history of sneakers and their impact on athletics, fashion, culture, and more.

 

7th Grade

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The Eighth Day - Dianne K. Salerni
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same.

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The Fourth Stall - Chris Rylander
Chicago Cubs fan "Mac" Barrett runs a favor-granting business out of the fourth stall of the boys' bathroom, and is challenged by the bullying teenaged leader of a gambling ring.

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Edge of Nowhere - John Smelcer
After Seth and his dog are plunged overboard from his father's fishing boat during a storm, they wash up on the Alaskan coast and try to survive in the wild while they make their way towards home.

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Crater - Homer Hickam
Crater, a teenaged Helium-3 miner living in the twenty-second century, aspires to become a foreman, but leaves home and embarks on a dangerous journey into deep space in search of treasure.

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Ice Dogs - Terry Lynn Johnson
Victoria Secord, a fourteen-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her.

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The Theory of Everything - Kari Luna
When fourteen-year-old Sophie Sophia journeys to New York with a scientific boy genius, a Kerouac-loving bookworm, and a giant shaman panda guide, she discovers more about her visions, string theory, and a father who could be the key to an extraordinary life.

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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave - John Boyne
Four years after Alfie Summerfield's father left London to become a soldier in World War I he has not returned. Alfie, now nine, is shining shoes at King's Cross Station when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock.

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Saving Lucas Biggs - Marisa de los Santos
To save her father's future, she'll have to change the past. So when the unthinkable happens and he's sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, Margaret is desperate to save him. She'll do whatever it takes, even if it means using her family's secret--and forbidden--ability to travel through time.

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The Name of the Blade - Zoƫ Marriott
When Mio sneaks the family's katana, a priceless ancestral sword, from her parents' attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes an ancient evil onto the streets of London.

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Hidden - Donna Jo Napoli
When a marauding slave ship captures her sister, eight-year-old Brigid is lost at sea. She survives, disguised as a boy, and sets out to rescue Melkorka. As the years pass she becomes a woman, reputed to be fierce enough to conquer a man, but desirous only of reuniting with her family.

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Audacity - Melanie Crowder
Inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a Russian immigrant living in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. She fought for equal rights, bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions. Clara eventually convinced the women in the factories to strike, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.

 

Non-Fiction

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Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom - Rebecca Johnson
After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion, scientists believed radiation would make the area a barren wasteland. Today the Dead Zone is teeming with wildlife. But every plant and animal is radioactive, leaving scientists wondering how their survival is possible.

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Sergeant Stubby - Ann Bausum
This is the story of Sergeant Stubby--World War I dog, veteran, decorated war hero, American icon, and above all, man's best friend

 

8th Grade

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The Story of Owen - E. K. Johnston
In an alternate world where industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slayer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobahn, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada.

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Time's Edge - Rysa Walker
Kate must use time travel to gather the CHRONOS keys before they land in the hands of her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his band of time travelers who want to rewrite history. Her only ally is Kiernan who can travel through time, but when she starts to bond with Kiernan it has a ripple effect on her boyfriend, Trey.

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In the After - Demitria Lunetta
In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.

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Ghost House - Alexandra Adornetto
Chloe is dealing with the loss of her mother and seeing the same ghost that haunted her as a young girl. She finds an escape in her grandmother's country estate, until Alexander, who is 157 years dead, appears to her and they grow close. They awaken Alexander's past love Isobel, who will do anything to keep Alexander to herself.

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The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
Twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse. The brothers learn that breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as the story's climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

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Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
As a child David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with super powers. Now ten years older, David joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

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She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick
Laureth's father taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: she is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her brother are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York where surviving will take all her skills.

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Circle of Stones - Catherine Fisher
The mysterious Circus, a circular street of thirty houses in Bath, England, provides the hub for three intertwining stories: a contemporary girl with a terrible past, an eighteenth-century architect obsessed with druids, and a prehistoric king who learns to fly.

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The Servant - Fatima Sharafeddine
Faten's happy life comes to an abrupt end when her father arranges for her to work as a maid for a wealthy Beirut family. What does a bright girl do when she is deprived of her friends, family, education, and freedom? Enlisting the help of the young man next door, Faten figures out how to pursue her studies in secret.

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After Hello - Lisa Mangum
When Sam and Sara's paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other--and about themselves. They form an unlikely partnership in search of an elusive work of art, and they have only one day to do it.

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Dangerous - Shannon Hale
Aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space. Maisie must now prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved.

 

Non-Fiction

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Eyes Wide Open - Paul Fleischman
Suddenly everything needs rethinking: suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world and this book explains it. Using politics, psychology, and history, Eyes Wide Open shows how to see the principles driving events and attitudes, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome.

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What If? - Randall Munroe
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

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