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Middle Grade Books

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Weird Kid (pub. date 7/27/21)
by Greg Van Eekhout
"Jake Foster, a shapeshifting alien of goo disguised as a human, and his spunky friend Agnes investigate the mysterious takeover of their neighbors by "imblobsters" and uncover the reason Jake is losing control of his ability to keep his human shape."

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Crossing the Stream
by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie
"A powerful coming-of-age story of self-discovery and overcoming fear."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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One Small Hop
by Madelyn Rosenberg
"Ahab Goldstein is a seventh-grader living in an United States (specifically Maine) where the environment has turned toxic, and the corrupt Environmental Police Force is in control, limiting access to natural resources like gas and water, issuing fines, and transporting "fragile" species (pretty much all of them) to the Center for Species Rehabilitation in New Arcadia (a dubious refuge at best); so when Ahab and his friends find a real live bullfrog on an island in the toxic harbor, possibly the last one in America, they are faced with a choice--turn it over (NO!), leave it alone, or bike to Canada to find it a mate. "

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Ophie's Ghosts
"Ireland weaves together the fantastical with historical realities that Black Americans have faced. Ophie's optimistic personality and the intrigue-filled story will keep pages turning all the way to the satisfying conclusion. An enthralling journey."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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Shape of Thunder
by Jasmine Warga
"The story builds steadily toward a moving conclusion; Warga's lyrical language and credible rendering of both middle school life and of the tensions of two families coping differently with personal devastation make for a perceptive, sensitively told novel about the effects of gun violence."
-- Publishers Weekly

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Finding Junie Kim
by Ellen Oh
"Junie Kim just wants to fit in. So she keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention to herself. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, Junie must decide between staying silent or speaking out. Then Junie's history teacher assigns a project. And as racism becomes more pervasive at school, Junie taps into the strength of her ancestors and finds the courage to do what is right."