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Nerd Camp

by Elissa Brent Weissman Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Pack your sleeping bag, grab your calculator, and celebrate geekdom with this humorous and empowering middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of Standing for Socks. Nerd Camp, here we come!

Ten-year-old Gabe...


Darkness Before Dawn

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the...


The Map Trap

by Andrew Clements & Dan Andreasen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2014)

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!

Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved them ever since he was little, and not just for the...


Nerd Camp 2.0

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Drew Willis Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

Gabe’s happily headed back to Nerd Camp—but can he handle a cool-kid invasion?

For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted...


We Hold These Truths

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 17, 2013)

Time is almost out for the Keepers of the School in this fifth Keepers adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

The Keepers of the School—known to their friends as Ben, Jill, and Robert—have...


Just Another Hero

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2009)

This group of friends has been through so much after a deadly hazing ritual left friendships broken, hearts aching, and November pregnant with Josh’s baby. But senior year is going well, and when the fire...


Standing for Socks

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Jessica Sonkin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2009)

When Fara Ross puts on mismatched socks accidentally one morning, little does she know that it will ignite her political career. What begins as a wardrobe malfunction grows into an expression of freedom in footwear,...


Jake Drake, Class Clown

by Andrew Clements & Dolores Avendaño Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

Knock, knock. Who's there? Jake. Jake who? Jake Drake, Class Clown.

Miss Bruce is the new student teacher in second grade, and she never smiles. Never. But when Jake cracks up the class during a spelling bee,...


Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet

by Andrew Clements & Dolores Avendaño Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

The end of third grade turns into a disaster for Jake when he inadvertently becomes the teacher's pet, and no matter how hard he tries, he can't shake the image.

Mrs. Snavin looked right past all those waving...


Jake Drake, Know-It-All

by Andrew Clements & Dolores Avendaño Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

Jake's desire to win the school science fair almost costs him his best friend.

Jake Drake is excited about Despres Elementary School's first science fair. He wants to win the grand prize: a brand-new Hyper-Cross-Functional...


Jake Drake, Bully Buster: Ready-for-Chapters

by Andrew Clements & Amanda Harvey Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

Jake recounts his second grade introduction to Link Baxter, SuperBully, who becomes his class project partner, with surprising results.

When Jake was three years old at Miss Lulu's Dainty Diaper Day Care Center,...


About Average

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

Can average be amazing? The bestselling author of Frindle shows that with a little kindness, it can.

Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her...


Room One

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 08, 2012)

Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there's no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.

Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring...


The Report Card

by Andrew Clements Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)

Nora Rose Rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone.

Nora's managed to make it to the fifth grade without anyone figuring out that she's not just an ordinary kid, and she wants to keep it that way.

     But...


No Talking

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)

In No Talking, Andrew Clements portrays a battle of wills between some spunky kids and a creative teacher with the perfect pitch for elementary school life that made Frindle an instant classic.

It’s boys vs....


Troublemaker

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)

Andrew Clements’s latest novel, about mentors, role models, and choosing friends, examines the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior—and how everyday choices can close or open doors....


Extra Credit

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)

It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific...


My Name Is Maria Isabel

by Alma Flor Ada & K. Dyble Thompson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 15, 2009)

A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity.

For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher...


The Agony of Alice

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 15, 2012)

Life, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment. Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn't know how. It's worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model....


The Misfits

by James Howe & Gerald Slota Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 01, 2011)

Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of...


Lunch Money

by Andrew Clements & Brian Selznick Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)

Meet Greg Kenton, billionaire in the making.

Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting...


Lost and Found

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)

As two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty.

Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. Again. But at least they’ll...


Crunch Time

by Mariah Fredericks Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don't have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond -- over why there's so much competition over...


The Last Holiday Concert

by Andrew Clements Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2012)

A moving holiday story from New York Times bestselling author Andrew Clements.

For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get...


The School Story

by Andrew Clements Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 02, 2002)

Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It's a short novel called "The Cheater," and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript...


The Jacket

by Andrew Clements Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 02, 2002)

Phil is on a mission. His absentminded little brother forgot his lunch money. All kinds of thoughts are running through Phil's mind as he searches for Jimmy in the throngs of fourth and fifth graders crowding...


The Janitor's Boy

by Andrew Clements & Brian Selznick Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 08, 2012)

Ordinarily, no one would have imagined that Jack Rankin would vandalize a desk. But this was not an ordinary school year for Jack....

When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old...


Great Ball of Light

by Evan Kuhlman & Jeremy Holmes Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2015)

A pulsing ball of light gives two kids the astonishing ability to bring things back to life in this “eerie and hopeful” (Kirkus Reviews) and hugely fun look at what they’ll do to make their family whole...