Posted by John David Anderson - When cell phones are banned at their school, students start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl's arrival

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger - When Max befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, she helps him navigate Vanguard Middle School and together they reveal the truth behind the Robot Integration Program

The next great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin - Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink

When friendship followed me home by Paul Griffin - Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others' eyes

You go first by Erin Entrada Kelly - Charlotte, twelve, and Ben, eleven, are highly-skilled competitors at online Scrabble and that connection helps both as they face family issues and the turmoil of middle school

Everything sad is untrue by Daniel Nayeri - Khosrou's stories are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the refugee camps of Italy, and more

Insignificant events in the life of a cactus by Dusti Bowling - New friends and a mystery help Aven, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges