ALSC Notable Children's Books, Older Readers – Grades 6-8, ages 11-14

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    2018

    Amina's voice

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    Amina's voice

    Khan, Hena.

    "A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community"--Provided by publisher.

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    Armstrong & Charlie

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    Armstrong & Charlie

    Frank, Steven, 1963-

    "During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s"--Provided by publisher.

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    Beyond the bright sea

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    Beyond the bright sea

    Wolk, Lauren, 1956-

    Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a tiny skiff as an infant and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor across the sandbar. But it isn't until the night when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Using her bravery and perseverance, Crow must follow clues that not only lead to a personal treasure, but to uncovering her lost identity and, ultimately, understanding what it means to be a family.

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    Beyond the Bright Sea

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    Beyond the Bright Sea

    Wolk, Lauren, author, narrator.

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    A face like glass

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    A face like glass

    Hardinge, Frances.

    When Neverfell, who has no memory, arrives in Caverna, her facial expressions make her very dangerous to the people who live with blank faces or pay dearly to learn to simulate emotions.

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    The first rule of punk

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    The first rule of punk

    Pérez, Celia C., 1972-

    Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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    Flying lessons & other stories

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    Flying lessons & other stories

    From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

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    Flying Lessons & Other Stories

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    Flying Lessons & Other Stories

    Alexander, Kwame, narrator.

    Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology€€”written by the best children€€™s authors€€”celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

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    Forever, or a long, long time

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    Forever, or a long, long time

    Carter, Caela, author.

    Here is an achingly beautiful and endearing story about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they've found their forever home.

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    Hello universe

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    Hello universe

    Kelly, Erin Entrada.

    The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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    The list

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    The list

    Forde, Patricia.

    "Letta, charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, robbing the people of Ark of the power of speech, and realizes she must also save the culture, itself"--Provided by publisher.

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    The murderer's ape

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    The murderer's ape

    Wegelius, Jakob.

    When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla named Sally Jones visits the run-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of Bhapur's magnificent court--all in an attempt to clear Henry's name.

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    Patina

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    Patina

    Reynolds, Jason.

    "A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons"--Provided by publisher.

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    Anderson, John David, 1975-

    A group of middle school students decide to begin leaving sticky notes f or each other after cell phones are banned, but soon the kids in school are leaving cutting and cruel notes, and nothing will ever be the same.

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    Anderson, John David.

    From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby's Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.In middle school, words aren't just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well. In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost's lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it's clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won't easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.

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    The Stars Beneath Our Feet

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    The Stars Beneath Our Feet

    David Barclay Moore, 2017.

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    Thornhill

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    Thornhill

    Smy, Pam, author, illustrator.

    Parallel plotlines, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

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    The war I finally won

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    The war I finally won

    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.

    "As the frightening impact of World War II creeps closer and closer to her door, eleven-year-old Ada learns to manage life on the home front"--Provided by publisher.

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    2017

    As brave as you

    As brave as you

    Reynolds, Jason.

    Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Johnson Steptoe Award.Genie's summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and—being a curious kid—Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans). How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it's almost as if it's been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all. Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It's his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie's reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won't do?

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    The bitter side of sweet

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    The bitter side of sweet

    Sullivan, Tara.

    "Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape"-- Provided by publisher.

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