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The Girl in the Torch

by Robert Sharenow Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2015)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award-winning author Robert Sharenow.

At the dawn of the twentieth...


Lost Boy

by Tim Green HarperCollins (March 03, 2015)

From New York Times bestselling author Tim Green comes a captivating baseball story about one brave boy’s search for a miracle. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.

Ever since Ryder could remember, it's always...


Sand Dollar Summer

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house...


Love Letters to the Dead

by Ava Dellaira Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 31, 2014)

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook...


Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 21, 2010)

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her "cocoa grandbaby." Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her...


Center of Gravity

by Shaunta Grimes Feiwel & Friends (March 23, 2020)

In Shaunta Grimes' middle-grade novel Center of Gravity, a girl loses her mom, and her dad remarries quickly, so she must rebuild her life and friendships.

Tessa is an anxious person, but it's become worse since...


It's Like This, Cat

by Emily Cheney Neville & Emil Weiss HarperCollins (September 03, 2019)

The Newbery-winning classic novel about a young New Yorker who figures out the world on his own terms with the help of one prickly tomcat, for readers who enjoy such books as Al Capone Does My Shirts and Hoot...


A Storm of Strawberries

by Cotterill Yellow Jacket (September 24, 2019)

Twelve-year-old Darby loves living on her family's strawberry farm. But a big storm is coming, and it threatens to destroy everything she and her family hold dear.

Darby is twelve years old and has Down syndrome....


House Without Walls

by Ching Yeung Russell Yellow Jacket (September 24, 2019)

For most people, home is a place with four walls. It's a place to eat, sleep, rest, and live. For a refugee, the concept of home is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever-wavering. And often, it doesn't have any walls...


Room 555

by Cristy Wilson Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. She cannot wait to compete in her school's dance competition. But as her grandmother's health deteriorates, Roonie becomes...


Embrace the Chicken

by Mahtab Narsimhan Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school's...


Apple Pie Promises

by Hillary Homzie Sky Pony (October 02, 2018)

Lily has lived with her mom since her parents got divorced several years ago, and her dad has recently remarried to a woman with a daughter her age named Hannah. But now, Lily's mom has gotten a once-in-a-lifetime...


The Serendipity of Flightless Things

by Fiadhnait Moser Yellow Jacket (August 06, 2019)

This middle grade, magical-realism novel from the author of The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel is about an Irish girl who is sent to a mysterious town in Virginia to live with her long-lost mother, and is Alice...


A Place to Belong

by Cynthia Kadohata & Julia Kuo Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (May 14, 2019)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware...


From the Desk of Zoe Washington

by Janae Marks Katherine Tegen Books (January 14, 2020)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Four Starred Reviews

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl...


Nikki on the Line

by Barbara Carroll Roberts Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 05, 2019)

Judy Blume meets Mike Lupica in this heartfelt and authentic debut novel about a girl coming of age at home, in school, and on the basketball court.

Thirteen-year-old Nikki Doyle's dreams of becoming a basketball...


Sweeping Up the Heart

by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (March 19, 2019)

From two-time Newbery Honor and New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes, this timeless novel about loss, loneliness, and friendship tells the story of the spring break that changes seventh-grader Amelia...


One Speck of Truth

by Caela Carter Quill Tree Books (March 05, 2019)

A heartwarming and poignant story that explores the bonds of family and the importance of knowing your own history, from the critically acclaimed author of My Life with the Liars and the ALA Notable Book Forever,...


P.S. I Miss You

by Jen Petro-Roy Feiwel & Friends (March 05, 2018)

A heartbreaking--yet ultimately uplifting--epistolary novel about family, religion, and having the courage to be yourself.

"P.S. I Miss You is so moving! Evie's quiet strength and fierce determination are an...


Thornhill

by Pam Smy Roaring Brook Press (August 28, 2017)

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill...


Gone to Drift

by Diana McCaulay HarperCollins (April 03, 2018)

From award-winning Jamaican author Diana McCaulay, Gone to Drift is a powerful voice-driven middle grade novel about family set in Jamaica.

Lloyd comes from a long line of fishermen. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica,...


The Sky at Our Feet

by Nadia Hashimi HarperCollins (March 06, 2018)

This #ownvoices novel by bestselling author Nadia Hashimi tells the affecting story of an Afghan-American boy who believes his mother has been deported. For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Counting by...


Write This Down

by Claudia Mills Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 26, 2016)

Twelve-year-old Autumn loves to write, and she can't wait to grow up and be a published author. She finds inspiration all around her, but especially in Cameron, the dreamy boy in her journalism class who she...


My Top Secret Dares & Don'ts

by Trudi Trueit Aladdin (March 14, 2017)

Twelve-year-old Kestrel must battle evil twin sisters and overcome her own worst fear to prevent the foreclosure of her grandmother's beloved lodge in this fresh, funny M!X novel.

Kestrel and her family are headed...


The Word for Yes

by Claire Needell HarperTeen (February 16, 2016)

At once honest and touching, Claire Needell's debut novel is a moving look at date rape and its aftermath, at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and...