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

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.

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.

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.

The Cruisers
The Cruisers Oh, Snap! By Myers, Walter Dean Book - 2013 j MYERS 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:The writers of an underground newspaper have a big decision when they encounter a photo that will incriminate a classmate.

Picture Me Gone
Picture Me Gone By Rosoff, Meg Book - 2013 y ROSOFF 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Mila and her father's plans to visit a family friend abruptly change when the friend goes missing and they decide to help find him.

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.

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.

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