1. Diary of an Awesomely Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
3. Refugee by Alan Gratz
4. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate; Illustrated by Charles Santoso
5. A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry; Illustrated by Monica Armiño
6. PopularMMOs Presents Enter the Mine by Pat and Jen from Popular MMOs; Illustrated by Dani Jones
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers
8. Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; Illustrated b Anuki Lopez
9. Blended by Sharon Draper
10. Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (series, graphic novel) Zita and her friend Joseph are transported to another planet where Zita must fight to rescue Joseph and an entire planet.
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack (series, graphic novel) - Princess of Egypt, Cleopatra, is transported to the future where she is regarded as a much-awaited savior.
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel (graphic novel) - A poor father buys a cardboard box for his son’s birthday, only to discover that it has magical properties that makes a life-sized cardboard boxer come to life.
Timmy Failure by Stephen Pastis (series, middle school humor) - Timmy Failure is a boy detective who runs his own agency with his polar bear partner, Total.
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi (anthology, graphic novel) - Seven authors write short stories that answer the question, “What’s in the box?”
Smile by Raina Teglemeier (graphic novel) - After an accident, Raina is left with severe damage to her front teeth, and has to navigate the trials of middle school with braces and mouth surgery.
Drama by Raina Teglemeier (graphic novel) - A middle school girl who loves theater but can’t sing becomes set designer for a musical, and falls for two boys in the play.
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell (series, middle school humor) New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so Nikki Maxwell can spill about ALL of it! Follow this spunky and wise-cracking eighth grader as she writes and draws about her move to a snobby new school and her rivalry with the new school’s queen bee.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (graphic novel) - an art club girl becomes an outcast after she bumps into a kid from the rival “nerdy” club and they become friends.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (series, middle school humor) - A daring and rebellious boy new to an oppressive middle school tries to break every rule in the book to earn points.
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (series, graphic novel) graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a mission.
House of Robots by James Patterson (series, middle school humor) - Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a robot he calls E--for "Error".
Public School Superhero by James Patterson (middle school humor) - Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. Can he recognize the real strength and goodness inside himself? Or will peer pressure force him to make the worst choice of his life?
Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnson (novel) - What happened to Ahsoka Tano after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels? Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.
5-minute Star Wars Stories - Blast off into hyperspace with these eleven action-packed Star Wars tales! Jedi Master Yoda has a lightsaber showdown with the dreaded Count Dooku; Luke Skywalker and the Rebels race against time to destroy the Death Star; and the brave Rey makes a new friend when she meets the droid BB-8.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan - Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy. (Also available: Demigods and Magicians, Greek Gods)
Olympians (series, graphic novels) - The origins and adventures of Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and many other Greek Gods are told in graphic novel format.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (series, graphic novel) - In this updated version of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack is a boy who has to take care of his autistic sister Maddy while his mother works a second job during the summer. One day, Jack’s sister, who NEVER talks, tells Jack to trade his mother’s car for a box of seeds. What ensues when he plants the seeds includes battles with tiny crazy onion babies, huge pink biting pumpkins, and a dragon. You get the picture. (Book Trailer)
Little Robot by Ben Hatke (graphic novel) - Told more in pictures than words, Little Robot is the story of a little girl who finds an adorable robot lost in the woods, that she accidentally activates for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day! (Book trailer)
Nnewts #1: Escape from the Lizzarks by Ben Hatke (series, graphic novel) - Herk, a lovable Nnewt longs for stronger legs. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind the only life he's ever known. Now, all alone and on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with strange creatures and mysterious wonders, where friends are few and an evil lord is in hot pursuit. (Book Trailer)
El Deafo by Cece Bell (memoir, graphic novel) - A 2015 Newbery Honor Book. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! The Phonic Ear - a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid, gives Cece super-hearing, but it also isolates her from her classmates. (Book Trailer)
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Rachel Renee Russell (middle school humor) - See NY Times list for description. (Book Trailer)
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (memoir graphic novel) - This Newbery Honor Award winner and New York Times bestseller is a heartwarming story of Astrid, a 12-year old who struggles through friendship issues ad junior high through the power of roller derby. (Book Trailer)
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson (middle school humor) - Chase Cooper is a 6th grade ninja. Just another scrawny kid in middle school who is recruited by ninjas and inherits a world of trouble. (Book Trailer)
MAGNUS CHASE #2: THE HAMMER OF THOR
by Rick Riordan
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.
WORD OF MOUSE
by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky--which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right--Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it's hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.
GRAVITY FALLS: JOURNAL 3
by Rob Renzetti and Alex Hirsch. Illustrated by Andy Gonsalves and Stephanie Ramirez
Journal 3 brims with every page ever seen on the show plus all-new pages with monsters and secrets, notes from Dipper and Mabel, and the Author's full story.
by R. J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder, a #1 New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
by Dav Pilkey
George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
by Sara Pennypacker. Illustrated by Jon Klassen
National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year -- Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
MANGUS CHASE #1: THE SWORD OF SUMMER
by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
TRIALS OF APOLLO #1: THE HIDDEN ORACLE
by Rick Riordan
How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor.
THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY: LOCKER HERO
by Rachel Renée Russell
Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School.
There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker.
If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comics. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys.
WOMEN IN SCIENCE
by Rachel Ignotofsky
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.