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ONCE UPON A UNICORN
by Anders, Lou, author.
J AND
A curious, science-minded unicorn and a fiery horse become unlikely allies as they defend their magical home from a pumpkin-headed menace and a fairy of dubious integrity.
THE WILD PATH
by Baughman, Sarah R., author.
J BAU
Twelve-year-old Claire struggles to cope while her eighteen-year-old brother, Andy, is treated for drug addiction and her family prepares to sell her beloved horses, but finally accepts that change can be good.
THE CANYON
by Bowling, Dusti, author.
J BOW
A year after the death of her mother in a restaurant shooting, Nora is left struggling to stay alive when a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.
MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL
by Bradley, Fleur, author.
J BRA
Five murder suspects are invited to the haunted Barclay Hotel for a weekend getaway, and it is up to twelve-year-old JJ and eleven-year-old Penny--and a lonely ghost--to figure out who committed the crime.
FIGHTING WORDS
by Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker, author.
J BRA
"Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom's boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della's own wolf--her protector. But who has been protecting Suki?" -- Amazon.
HAPPY NARWHALIDAYS
by Clanton, Ben, 1988- author, illustrator.
J GN CLA
"Dive into three new stories about Narwhal's favorite time of the year! It's the festive season in the world wide waters, and Narwhal is looking forward to cozying up with a good book, singing and partying with his pod pals and enjoying some warm waffle pudding. But most of all he's excited about the arrival of the Merry Mermicorn! According to Narwhal, she's part mermaid, part unicorn and completely mer-aculous! Jelly is of course skeptical about the existence of the "Mira-Miny-What-A Corn" . . . even when he receives a mysterious present. It must be from Narwhal. Now Jelly has to get the perfect gift, but finding a present for someone as unique as Narwhal is no easy feat, even when you have six tentacles. How will Jelly ever come up with a whaley great gift for a best pal who spreads cheer all through the year?"-- Provided by publisher.
SCRITCH SCRATCH
by Currie, Lindsay, author.
J CUR
Haunted after helping her father on his ghost-themed Chicago bus tour, twelve-year-old Claire must discover what the spectral boy from the bus wants before it is too late.
THE WITCHES : THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
by Dahl, Roald, author, creator.
J GN DAH
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.
MY LIFE IN THE FISH TANK
by Dee, Barbara, author.
J DEE
When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning's older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it turns her family's world upside-down, especially since they are keeping the information private.
STELLA ENDICOTT AND THE ANYTHING-IS-POSSIBLE POEM
by DiCamillo, Kate, author.
J DIC
"Stella Endicott loves her teacher, Miss Liliana, and she is thrilled when the class is assigned to write a poem. Stella crafts a beautiful poem about Mercy Watson, the pig who lives next door -- a poem complete with a metaphor and full of curiosity and courage. But Horace Broom, Stella's irritating classmate, insists that Stella's poem is full of lies and that pigs do not live in houses. And when Stella and Horace get into a shouting match in the classroom, Miss Liliana banishes them to the principal's office. Will the two of them find a way to turn this opposite-of-a-poem day around?"--Provided by publisher.
KENNY AND THE BOOK OF BEASTS
by DiTerlizzi, Tony, author, illustrator.
J DIT
Kenny Rabbit's jealousy leads to trouble after Dante the Manticore escapes from an evil witch's magical book and reunites with his old friend, Grahame the Dragon.
SEA LIFE SECRETS
by Dixon, Franklin W., author.
J DIX
Detective brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are on the case when a sea star goes missing during their school field trip to the Bayport Aquarium.
FARM CRIMES : CRACKING THE CASE OF THE MISSING EGG
by Dumais, Sandra, 1977- author, illustrator.
J GN DUM
"Hen's egg has gone missing, and the farm is in a frenzy! The culprit could be anyone from the barn. Was it Pig? Or maybe Dog or Sheep? Or could it be . . . a burglar???" -- Cover.;A hilarious barnyard mystery featuring a bumbling goat detective.
CATALYST
by Durst, Sarah Beth, author.
J DUR
Twelve-year-old Zoe's rescue kitten quickly becomes a giant, talking cat that Zoe and her friend Harrison must keep hidden, especially since there are rumors of other strange creatures in their town.
WITCHES OF BROOKLYN
by Escabasse, Sophie, author, artist.
J GN ESC
"Effie moves to Brooklyn to live with her strange aunt and soon discovers that she might be a witch"-- Provided by publisher.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE
by Faruqi, Saadia, author.
J FAR
Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an after school cooking club and bond over food and their mothers' struggles to become United States citizens.
THE ARTIFACT HUNTERS
by Fox, Janet S., author.
J FOX
During World War II, a Czechoslovakian Jewish boy is sent to northern Scotland to live in a castle that houses gifted children who are learning to harness their magical powers to support the Allies' cause.
FINDERS CREEPERS
by Fridolfs, Derek, author.
J FRI
THE MALLOW MARSH MONSTER
by Ghislain, Gary, author.
J GHI
A set of twins has come to the Goolz for help in finding their missing mother. When the (very real) monster bites Harold, his bizarre symptoms cause him to fear he is transforming into a monster himself. Then Suzie is taken, and it's up to Harold and Ilona to save her, prevent the formation of future marsh monsters, and stop Harold's own frightening transformation.
SHIRLEY AND JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER
by Goerz, Gillian, author, illustrator.
J GN GOE
When ten-year-olds Shirley and Jamila meet, Jamila is simply hoping for a friend in her new neighborhood but Shirley is a detective and together they seek a missing gecko.
MR  LEMONCELLO AND THE TITANIUM TICKET
by Grabenstein, Chris, author.
J GRA
"Four lucky kids go on a scavenger hunt inside Mr. Lemoncello's Gameworks factory, where they compete for a chance to win a titanium ticket"-- Provided by publisher.
RUMPLE BUTTERCUP : A STORY OF BANANAS, BELONGING, AND BEING YOURSELF
by Gubler, Matthew Gray, 1980- author, illustrator.
J GUB
Publisher Annotation: Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.
RIP TO THE RESCUE
by Halahmy, Miriam, author.
J HAL
Bullied at school and by his father, thirteen-year-old Jack, a messenger boy during the London Blitz, becomes a hero after meeting a stray dog that can smell people buried beneath rubble.
RAID OF NO RETURN
by Hale, Nathan, 1976- author, illustrator.
J GN HAL
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier.
THE GIRL AND THE GHOST
by Hanna Alkaf, author.
J HAN
Retells a Malaysian folk tale in which a lonely girl, Suraya, inherits from her grandmother a pelesit, a ghostly demon, who proves to be a good companion, bringing both danger and hope.
HIDE AND SEEKER
by Hermon, Daka, author.
J HER
Something is wrong with twelve-year-old Zee, who has returned after a year's absence nobody knows where he was or what happened to him, but now he is distracted and violent, freaking out when he sees his friends, Justin, Nia, and Lyric, playing an odd game of hide-and-seek, and talking wildly about some danger that is approaching--and soon his friends are pulled into a shadowy world ruled by a monstrous, shape-shifting Seeker, forced to play a terrifying game of hide-and-seek where they will have to confront their worst nightmares in order to find their way home.
LUPE WONG WON
by Higuera, Donna Barba, author.
J HIG
Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She's also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy ... like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much...like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons. Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who's Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she's not gonna let that slide.
MISTER INVINCIBLE : LOCAL HERO
by Jousselin, Pascal, 1973- author, artist.
J GN JOU
THE FOREST OF STARS
by Kassner, Heather, author.
J KAS
After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche is awaiting the return of her father when she finds a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars and is drawn toward a magical but dangerous fate.
BUNBUN AND BONBON  FANCY FRIENDS
by Keating, Jess, author, illustrator
J GN KEA
Bunbun, a rabbit, has everything but a friend -- until Bonbon, a talking candy, appears.
THE TRUE DEFINITION OF NEVA BEANE
by Kendall, Christine, author.
J KEN
Twelve-year-old Neva and her older brother Clayton have been left with their grandparents for the summer, and she is having a difficult time dealing with change: the changes to her body, changes with her relationships with her brother who is becoming involved with social activism and their multicultural community (and with Michelle, the sexy girl across the street), and with her best friend, Jamila, whose father is from Ghana--Neva is growing up and she is not sure that the dictionary has the right words to describe everything she is experiencing.
SECOND DAD SUMMER
by Klas, Benjamin, author.
J KLA
"Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad, but it's clear that isn't happening. His dad just moved to an apartment near downtown Minneapolis to live with his new boyfriend, Michael. Michael wears shorts too short, serves weird organic foods, and is constantly nagging Jeremiah to watch out for potholes and to stay hydrated. Worst of all Michael rides the Uni-cycle. Okay, it's a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn! This is going to be a long summer!"-- Provided by publisher.
THEY THREW US AWAY
by Kraus, Daniel, 1975- author.
J KRA
Buddy wakes up in a garbage dump and, after finding other teddy bears there, becomes their leader as they embark on a perilous journey to fulfill their destiny.
FLY ON THE WALL
by Lai, Remy, author.
J LAI
Twelve-year-old Henry Khoo embarks on a forbidden journey from Australia to Singapore to prove his independence to his overprotective family, while working out some problems with friends. Told in comics and prose.
WHISPERING PINES
by Lang, Heidi, author.
J LAN
"When otherworldly forces descend on their town of Whispering Pines, conspiracy theorist Rae, who's searching for her lost father, and Caden, who's haunted by the ghost of his brother, must band together to save their home"-- Provided by publisher.
THE HIGHLAND FALCON THIEF
by Leonard, M. G. (Maya Gabrielle), author.
J LEO
In this middle-grade series starter, a young boy aboard the last journey of the royal train The Highland Falcon is swept up in an investigation to uncover the perpetrator of a jewel theft.
THIRTEENS
by Marshall, Kate Alice, author.
J MAR
"Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret- and the three kids brave enough to uncover it."
MILLIONAIRES FOR THE MONTH
by McAnulty, Stacy, author.
J MCA
"After seventh graders Benji and Felix "borrow" $20 from a lost wallet, the billionaire owner challenges them to spend over $5 million dollars in thirty days in order to learn life lessons about money"-- Provided by publisher.
THE RADIUM GIRLS : THE SCARY BUT TRUE STORY OF THE POISON THAT MADE PEOPLE GLOW IN THE DARK
"Now adapted for young readers! The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the "wonder drug" radium and their struggle for justice"-- Provided by publisher.
MY SECRET WAR : THE WORLD WAR II DIARY OF MADELINE BECK
Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.
MAX EINSTEIN SAVES THE FUTURE
by Patterson, James, 1947-, author.
J PAT
"Under constant danger of being kidnapped by the shadowy Corporation, Max is on the run from New York to London and beyond. But soon the call comes for the Change Maker kids' next mission: make sure no kid ever goes hungry again! If anyone can tackle a problem this big, Max and her genius friends can. But mysterious clues about her past keep distracting Max's focus. She always wanted to know who her parents were and why they abandoned her as a baby. If she manages to build a time machine, she could find them and get all the answers! What's more important--her past, or the future of the Change Makers?"--Amazon.com.
BIG NATE : THE GERBIL ATE MY HOMEWORK
by Peirce, Lincoln, author, artist.
J GN PEI
"You've got to know where you stand to survive sixth grade, and Nate Wright's found the perfect spot: right next to Sherman, the class gerbil. Can Nate's furry friend bail him out of his latest homework jam with Mrs. Godfrey? Or will there be a paper trail leading straight to detention?" -- back cover.;The thrilling next installment in the enormously popular Big Nate series. Dating an older lady has its challenges, and Nate isn't sure he's cut out for the experience, especially since his friends in his own grade seem to be having a lot of fun without him. Will Nate be able to find a balance between the pressures of romance and the pleasures of spending time with his friends? The only thing certain for Nate is that there will be lots of laughter, mischief, and detention.
LIGHTFALL : THE GIRL & THE GALDURIAN
by Probert, Tim, author.
J GN PRO
For fans of Amulet and middle grade readers who love sweeping worlds like Star Wars, the first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.
BEAR
by Queen, Ben, author.
J GN QUE
"Bear is a service dog who would do anything for his owner and best friend Patrick who is blind. But when Bear suddenly loses his vision, he worries he's lost his purpose in life--protecting Patrick! Following the misguided advice from some self-serving raccoons, Bear embarks on a transformative journey to regain his eyesight. Out of both necessity and survival, he learns to tap into his other senses and begins to see the world from a new perspective that is at times more rich and colorful than the world he's always known. Writer Ben Queen (Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 and Cars 3) draws inspiration from real life stories of how memory can influence how we recall our own surroundings, and artist Joe Todd-Stanton (A Mouse Called Julian) lovingly renders an unforgettable story of one dog's grand adventure from the wooded countryside to the heart of Manhattan where he encounters new friends and discovers his true calling" --Amazon.
ANTIHERO
by Quinn, Kate Karyus, author.
J GN QUI
"Piper Pájaro is strong and longs to be a superhero while Sloane MacBrute puts her smarts to use for her villainous grandfather, but when a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two 13-year-old girls face to face with each other, the device sparks and the two girls switch bodies."--Provided by publisher.
THE DARE SISTERS
by Rinker, Jessica M., author.
J RIN
Savannah Dare and her sisters, Frances and Jolene, must find Blackbeard's lost treasure to fulfill their grandfather's dream and save their family home, but they are not alone in seeking pirate gold on Ocracoke Island.
FORGET ME NAT
by Scrivan, Maria, author, illustrator.
J GN SCR
"For the first time in her life, Natalie feels confident. Her talents are being recognized, she has supportive friends, and she's spending a ton of time with her crush, Derek! But when Derek tells Natalie that he just wants to be friends, Natalie's self-confidence quickly changes to self-doubt. As she tries to recover from her broken heart, Natalie casts aside her talents and even her friends. With no one to turn to, Natalie will have to pull herself out of this mess on her own" -- Amazon.com
THE MONSTER WHO WASN
by Shelley, T. C., author.
J SHE
Imp, hatched in the underground monsters lair looking like a human boy, does not know where he fits, but Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a dangerous destiny in mind for him.
WANNABEES
by Smith, Brian (Comic book writer), author, illustrator.
J GN SMI
"Who knew being queen could sting so much? All Bee really wants to do is play with her two best friends, Pea and Jay. But when she's replaced by Lenny--an ambitious bee hungry for power--as queen of her hive, the friends set out to prove Lenny isn't exactly who he seems to be. Can Bee, with the help of her friends, regain her crown and throne, or has the Reign of Lenny officially begun?
HELLO, FUTURE ME
by Ventrella, Kim, author.
J VEN
Soon-to-be twelve-year-old June is a planner and a problem-solver, and right now she and her friend Calvin are planning a big welcome home celebration for her mother, only her plan falls apart when she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce June is convinced that she can find some way to get her parents back together--until she starts getting messages on her "new" laptop (refurbished by a mysterious store called The Shop of Last Resort), messages from JuniePie28 who claims to be her future self, warning her not to interfere in her parent's marriage.
THE NERVIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
by Wiley, Melissa.
J WIL
"Pearl lives on a ranch where her chores include collecting eggs and feeding ornery ostriches. She has three older brothers, who don't coddle her at all. And she knows a thing or two about horses, too. One day, Pearl's brothers get cushy jobs doing stunts for this new form of entertainment called "moving pictures." They're the Daredevil Donnelly Brothers, a Death-Defying Cowboy Trio. Before she knows it, Pearl has stumbled into being a stunt girl herself-and dreams of becoming a star. The only problem is, her mother has no idea what she's up to. And let's just say she wouldn't be too happy to find out that Pearl's been jumping out of burning buildings in her spare time" -- Publisher description.
ONE CRAZY SUMMER
by Williams-Garcia, Rita, author.
J WIL
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
SHARK AND BOT
by Yanish, Brian, author.
J GN YAN
An unlikely friendship forms between a great white shark and a robot when they bond over a favorite book series, then stand--and dance--together against playground bullies.
SéANCE TEA PARTY
by Yee, Reimena, author, artist.
J GN YEE
After watching her circle of friends seemingly fade away, Lora is determined to still have fun on her own, so when a tea party leads Lora to discovering Alexa, the ghost that haunts her house, they soon become best friends.

 


 

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