Middle School

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

By by Tom Angleberger

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What if a paper finger puppet could really predict the future? Sound too weird to be true? Tommy and his sixth grade friends are skeptics but Dwight’s Yoda puppet may convince them that, “the truth, he does tell.”

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12 Weeks of Hot Summer Reads: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

This is Week 4 of a 12-Week series of blog posts reviewing new young adult books. Check back each Monday for a new review. 

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Tad Ibsen is a scrawny kid who walks into the classroom on crutches, muttering angrily to himself, with a huge red scar across the side of his head. Why does the teacher seat the new kid next to Jeffrey Alper? “Suddenly I get it,” Jeffrey explains to the reader. “I don’t always catch on so fast, but this time, I put two and two together…I lean over and whisper, ‘Hi, I’m Jeffrey. I had cancer, too.’ He looks at me like I’m a particularly loathsome slice of school-lunch meat loaf and says, ‘Wow, congratulations! What do you want, a medal?’” Of course, they’re best friends from that moment on. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Greg Heffley's Journal

By Jeff Kinney

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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
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Lucky

By Rachel Vail

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As Phoebe and her clique of privileged girlfriends get ready to graduate from eighth grade, a financial scandal threatens her family's security--as well as Phoebe's social status--but ultimately it teaches her the real meaning of friendship.

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Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: a Year Told through Stuff

By Jennifer Holm

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The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scarey, just ask Ginny.
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Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems

By Kristine O'Connell George (author) and Debbie Tilley (illustrator)

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A collection of poems capture the feelings and experiences of a girl in middle school.

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Schooled

By Gordon Korman

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Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.

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Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, newspaper clippings, and other pieces of a young girl’s life, this is the story of Ginny’s seventh-grade year.

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Schooled

By Gordon Korman

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Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school. 

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Toby Wheeler Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer

By Thatcher Heldring

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When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other areas of his life. 

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