The Last

By Katherine Applegate. Fearing she may be the last of her kind, Byx sets off to find a safe haven and to see if the legends of hidden dairnes are true.

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Elle of the Ball

By Elena Delle Donne. Having shot up to six feet tall over the summer, seventh-grader Elle not only has trouble controlling her limbs on the basketball court, she dreads the upcoming school cotillion.

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Aru Shah and the End of Time

By Roshani Chokshi. Telling fibs in order to fit in better with her wealthier peers, 12-year-old Aru Shah spends her school break at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, where her decision to light a cursed lamp unwittingly releases an ancient demon. By the author of The Star-Touched Queen.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

By Ashley Herring Blake.

“Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school”–

The Serpent’s Secret

By Sayantani Dasgupta. Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes–and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.

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Granted

By John David Anderson. A fairy-in-training who is among the select few who grant the wishes of unsuspecting people struggles to protect the fairy world in the face of waning magic levels, an effort that exposes her to the dangers of the human world. By the award-winning author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

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Marabel and the Book of Fate

By Tracy Barrett. When Princess Marabel’s twin brother, Marco, is kidnapped on their thirteenth birthday, Princess Marabel must defy expectations and prophecies, leave the castle for the first time, and face great danger to rescue him.

The Journey of Little Charlie

By Christopher Paul Curtis. In the aftermath of his father’s death, Little Charlie agrees to accompany Cap’n Buck, a plantation overseer, north in search of fugitive slaves in order to satisfy the family’s debt.

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The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle

By Leslie Connor.

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.

But will anyone believe him?

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The Magic Misfits

By Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Azam. A middle-grade debut by the beloved actor and best-selling author of Choose Your Own Autobiography follows the experiences of a young New England street magician who teams up with other talented street kids to protect their community from a greedy crime boss.

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