Jr. High

Humorous

Byars, Betsy Cromer. Bingo Brown’s Guide to Romance.
Bingo Brown’s work on his definitive “Guide to Romance” hits a snag when his long-distance girlfriend Melissa returns unexpectedly from Oklahoma. (series)

Howe, Norma. The Adventures of Blue Avenger.
On his sixteenth birthday, still trying to cope with the unexpected death of his father, David Schumacher decides–or does he–to change his name to Blue Avenger, hoping to find a way to make a difference in his Oakland neighborhood and in the world.

Keller, Beverly. The Amazon Papers.
Fifteen-year-old Iris gets into hilarious trouble when her mother goes on vacation and leaves her alone.

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs.
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play, where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play, but his own life as well.

Rodgers, Mary A. Freaky Friday.
A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother’s body.

Weeks, Sarah. Guy Time.
A humorous account of thirteen-year-old Guy’s dealing with the separation, and possible divorce, of his eccentric parents and with his own new-found interest in girls.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dunkle, Clare. The Hollow Kingdom. (Series)
In nineteenth-century England, a powerful sorcerer and King of the Goblins chooses Kate, the elder of two orphan girls recently arrived at their ancestral home, Hallow Hill, to be his bride and queen.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion.
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden. (Series)
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

Hoffman, Mary. Stravaganza: City of Masks. (Series)
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.

Lubar, David. Flip.
Twins and complete opposites, eighth-grade boys discover magical disks that allow them to become any character from the
past and discover the challenges of being heroes while learning a valuable lesson.

Nix, Garth. Sabriel. (Series)
Having lived safely outside the walls of the Old Kingdom her entire life, Sabriel must now enter into the world of the Dead and the land of Free Magic in order to save her missing father from a terrible fate.

Shusterman, Neal. Downsiders.
When fourteen-year-old Lindsay meets Talon and discovers the Downsiders world which had evolved from the subway built in New York in 1867 by Alfred Ely Beach, she and her new friend experience the clash of their two cultures.

Sleator, William. Marco’s Millions.
Twelve-year-old Marco’s love for travel and for his younger sister Lilly, who has psychic powers, leads him to journey to other universes, gaining the ability to go wherever he wishes without growing old.

Historical Fiction

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793.
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Blackwood, Gary L. The Shakespeare Stealer.
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes.
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.

Collier, James. My Brother Sam is Dead.
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising.
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings.
In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

General Fiction

Bauer, Marion Dane. On My Honor.
When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences.

Bunting, Eve. A Sudden Silence.
Jesse Harmon searches for the hit and run driver who killed his brother Bry.

Fleischman, Paul. Whirligig.
While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he causes, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods.
A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

Martin, Ann M. A Corner of the Universe.
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie’s small town.

McKay, Hilary. Saffy’s Angel.
After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron’s relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special memento of her past.

Peck, Richard. Amanda Miranda.
Because these two girls look alike, even though one is servant to the other, Miranda assumes the identity of Amanda even after the sinking of the Titanic, their passage to America.

Philbrick, W. Rodman. Freak the Mighty.
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself “Lola,” sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Spinelli, Jerry. Loser.
Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff’s optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.

Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites.
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

White, Robb. Deathwatch.
Needing money for school, a college boy accepts a job as guide on a desert hunting trip and nearly loses his life.

Wilhelm, Doug. The Revealers.
Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-graders join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School.

Mystery

Duncan, Lois. Locked in Time.
Nore arrives at her stepmother’s Louisiana plantation to find her new family odd and an aura of evil and mystery about the place.

Konigsburg, E. L. Silent to the Bone.
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. Search for the Shadowman.
While working on a genealogy project for his seventh grade history class, Andy Thomas becomes determined to solve the mystery surrounding a distant relative who was accused of stealing the family fortune.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy.
Sammy continues to make life with her grandmother interesting as she tries to discover who is stealing from St. Mary’s church, befriends a homeless girl, and plays in a softball tournament against a bitter rival.

 
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