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Amulet (series)
Amulet (series) by Kibuishi, Kazu
Emily and Navin's mother is dragged down the basement stairs of their old ancestral home by a mysterious creature. Giving chase, the kids find themselves in a magical, dangerous world of man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, and shadowy enemies.

Blue bottle mystery : the graphic novel : an Asperger adventure
Blue bottle mystery : the graphic novel : an Asperger adventure by Medaglia, Mike
Ben finds an unusual old bottle buried in the school yard, and in a roundabout way it helps Ben and his family find out what is causing some of the persistent problems he has both at home and at school.

Bo at Ballard Creek
Bo at Ballard Creek by Hill, Kirkpatrick
It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village.

Bone (series)
Bone (series) by Smith, Jeff
The Bone adventures tell the story of a young bone boy, Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, who are banned from their homeland of Boneville. When the cousins find themselves mysteriously trapped in a wonderful but often terrifying land filled with secrets and danger - and special new friendships - they are soon caught up in adventures beyond their wildest dreams.

Booked by Alexander, Kwame
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Cardboard by TenNapel, Doug
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Coral reefs : cities of the ocean
Coral reefs : cities of the ocean by Wicks, Maris
This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.

Drama by Telgemeier, Raina
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Drones by Spilsbury, Louise
Is it a bird, a plane, or maybe even a drone flying overhead? This amazing book tackles the history of drone technology and where future development will take these exciting aircraft.

Edge of Extinction: Code Name Flood
Edge of Extinction: Code Name Flood by Martin, Laura
Last week, twelve-year-old Sky found a cryptic message from her dad, who mysteriously fled the safety of their underground compound five years ago. The note said the fate of the world depended on her going topside, to a lost world that's ruled by dinosaurs.

Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan
Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan by Martin, Laura
A century and a half after cloned dinosaurs forced humans to move into underground compounds, Sky discovers a clue to the whereabouts of her long-missing father and ventures above ground on a quest that has the potential to save the world.

El Deafo
El Deafo by Bell, Cece
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! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid.

Fable Comics
Fable Comics by Duffy, Chris
From classics like "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Grasshopper and the Ants" to obscure gems like "The Frogs Who Desired a King," Fable Comics has something to offer every reader.

Face Bug
Face Bug by Lewis, J. Patrick
Collects poems about insects visiting a museum featuring close-up photographs of other bugs' faces.

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by Spratt, R. A.
A genius girl detective discovers her ultra exclusive boarding school is a hotbed of crime, from missing homework and stolen lemon tarts to a mysterious yeti haunting the school swamp.

Full of Beans
Full of Beans by Holm, Jennifer
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

Furthermore by Mafi, Tahereh
Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities.

Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Beasley, Kate
Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!

Ghost by Reynolds, Jason
Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.

Half Upon a Time
Half Upon a Time by Riley, James
In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

Home of the Brave
Home of the Brave by Applegate, Katherine
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien
John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by McAlister, Caroline
A captivating picture book biography of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to be beloved author J. R. R. Tolkien.

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Haring, Kay
Traces the life of artist Keith Haring, from his childhood love of drawing to his meteoric rise to fame, with a focus on his concern for children, humanity, and disregard for the established art world.

Masterminds by Korman, Gordon
A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Maybe a Fox
Maybe a Fox by Appelt, Kathi
An otherworldly fox is born to help eleven-year-old Jules, who is grieving over the death of her sister.

Mission to Pluto: the First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt
Mission to Pluto: the First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt by Carson, Mary Kay
In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean.

Moo by Creech, Sharon
Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

Navigating Early
Navigating Early by Vanderpool, Clare
Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

Pax by Pennypacker, Sara
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus
Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by O'Hearn, Kate
Reborn as the Flame, thirteen-year-old Emily has saved Olympus from destruction but when the gruesome Nirads begin a new invasion, Emily and her friends become entangled in the conflict as old grudges are unearthed and new enemies are discovered.

Rocket and Groot : stranded on planet strip mall!
Rocket and Groot : stranded on planet strip mall! by Angleberger, Tom
Stranded on a planet filled with dry cleaners, nail salons, and chain restaurants, Rocket and Groot face killer robots bent on customer service and raccoon-eating toilets.

Secret Coders (series)
Secret Coders (series) by Yang, Gene
Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White
Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Sweet, Melissa
In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985.

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by Boyne, John
Four years after Alfie Summerfield's father left London to become a soldier in World War I he has not returned but Alfie, now nine, is shining shoes at King's Cross Station when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock.

Swindle by Korman, Gordon
After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back.

Sylo by MacHale, D. J.
They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO's commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Fox, Janet
In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past--but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie
The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie by Coville, Bruce
Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

The Inquisitor's Tale
The Inquisitor's Tale by Gidwitz, Adam
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

The Last Kids on Earth
The Last Kids on Earth by Brallier, Max
fter a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Shepherd, Megan
A girl living in a children's hospital during WWII discovers that a winged horse has entered her world and needs her help.

The Secret Project
The Secret Project by Winter, Jonah
The world's greatest scientists gather in a secret town in the desert to develop the atomic bomb.

Trudy's Big Swim
Trudy's Big Swim by Macy, Sue
Tells the story of Gertrude Ederle's 1926 swim across the English Channel, describing how she overcame difficult environmental, physical, and cultural challenges to become the first woman to establish her historic record.

When Friendship Followed Me Home
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Griffin, Paul
Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in.

When the Sea Turned to Silver
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Lin, Grace
Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.

Wonderstruck by Selznick, Brian
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life.

Zita the Spacegirl (series)
Zita the Spacegirl (series) by Hatke, Ben
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.