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Middle School

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vail
Author's First Name: 
Rachel
Narrator's First Name: 
Simone
Narrator's Last Name: 
Policano
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
February 28, 2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This modern, middle-school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac introduces readers to a group of friends who are making their first forays into the mysterious world of romance. One day Gracie notices her friend A.J. in a new light and is immediately in the midst of her first real crush. However, A.J. is interested in Grace's best friend Sienna. Sienna and A.J. can't seem to communicate without the help of their best friends. On top of all these new complications, Gracie feels constant pressure to be a ray of sunshine for her parents who lost their first child seven years before Gracie was born. Gracie draws readers in with her funny, offbeat inner monologue. The reader brings to life the characters, humor and heart throughout this story. (M. Crews)

ROLLER GIRL

Roller Girl
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jamieson
Author's First Name: 
Victoria
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

When twelve-year-old Astrid ditches ballet and her best friend to try roller derby, her relationships and ego take the real hits. A bright graphic novel debut by a derby skater about adolescence and emerging independence.

 

THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Holm
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Random House
Publication Date: 
2014

Ellie's grandfather is a teenager, again. Even more humorous than dealing with newfound everlasting youth are the struggles of attending middle school. Science and philosophy on life and death are seamlessly woven into this lighthearted tale.

WONDER

Wonder
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Palacio
Author's First Name: 
R.J.
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2012

Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.

CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Greenwald
Author's First Name: 
Tommy
Narrator's First Name: 
MacLeod
Narrator's Last Name: 
Andrews
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2011

AFTER EVER AFTER [AUDIOBOOK]

After Ever After
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sonnenblick
Author's First Name: 
Jordan
Narrator's First Name: 
Nick
Narrator's Last Name: 
Podehl
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Jeffrey Alper is probably the most famous kid in his town. Even though eight years have passed, most still know him as the boy with leukemia. Now in remission, and eighth grade, Jeffrey is dealing with the aftermath of his cancer treatment and trying to navigate life as a teenager. Podehl embodies Jeffrey, obsessing equally over the new girl Lindsey, his older brother's sudden disappearance into Africa to "find himself", his parents' sudden fighting, as well as the real possibility he may never get out of the eighth grade. Fortunately Tad, Jeffrey's best friend, keeps him anchored to reality. Tad's acerbic voice and black humor is the perfect contrast to Jeffrey. This sequel to "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" stands on its own.  Audio forTen to Fourteen. Paula Langsam

SMILE

SMILE
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Telgemeier
Author's First Name: 
Raina
Publisher: 
Graphix
Publication Date: 
2010

Raina trips in sixth grade, loses her two front teeth, and starts a series of dental repairs that includes surgery, implants, braces, and headgear. This graphic novel will reassure any middle schooler dreading dental work.

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