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Multcolib Kids Picks: 6-8th Grade--Friends and Crushes

Ten Miles Past Normal
Ten Miles Past Normal By Dowell, Frances O'Roark (Book - 2011 ) y DOWELL 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Because living with "modern-hippy" parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.

The Cruisers
The Cruisers By Myers, Walter Dean (Book - 2010 ) j MYERS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.

Feathers
Feathers By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2007 ) j WOODSON Available in some locations

Annotation:When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

Kiss
Kiss By Wilson, Jacqueline (Book - 2010 ) y WILSON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. Sylvie has always believed that they'll end up married to each other. But as they become teenagers, things begin to change. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that her plans for the future may be affected. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all?

When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me By Stead, Rebecca (Book - 2009 ) j STEAD 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

After Ever After
After Ever After By Sonnenblick, Jordan (Book - 2010 ) y SONNENBLI 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

The Miles Between
The Miles Between By Pearson, Mary (Book - 2009 ) y PEARSON 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Seventeen-year-old Destiny keeps a painful childhood secret all to herself until she and three classmates from her exclusive boarding school take off on an unauthorized road trip in search of "one fair day."

How to Survive Middle School
How to Survive Middle School By Gephart, Donna (Book - 2010 ) j GEPHART 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Penny, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least.

Cosmic
Cosmic By Cottrell Boyce, Frank (Book - 2010 ) j COTTRELLB 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult may not be his best idea.

Red Zone
Red Zone By Barber, Tiki (Book - 2010 ) j BARBER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Identical twins Ronde and Tiki Barber's excitement over the approaching state championship football game turns to worry when there is a chicken pox outbreak at Hidden Valley Junior High.

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From how to navigate a more challenging social life to increased school challenges, these books offer insight, fun, and empathy.


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