Realistic fiction, although untrue, could actually happen. Some events, people, and places may even be real. 2014

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Runt
Nora Raleigh Baskin

J BASKIN

From different perspectives, explores middle school bullying as Maggie, tired of Elizabeth Moon’s superior attitude, creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.


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Troublemaker
Andrew Clements

J CLEMENTS

When his older brother gets in serious trouble, sixth-grader Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways, but he cannot seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.


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The Other Half of My Heart
Sundee T. Frazier

J FRAZIER

Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.


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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson series
J GREENWALD

Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.


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Junonia
Kevin Henkes

J HENKES

The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.


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One Year in Coal Harbor
Polly Horvath

J HORVATH

In a small fishing village in British Columbia, twelve-year-old Primrose tries to be a matchmaker for her Uncle Jack, befriends Ked, a new foster child, tries to decide if she is willing to go to jail for her convictions, and together with Ked, publishes a cook book to raise money for the Fisherman’s Aid.


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Runaway Twin
Peg Kehret

J KEHRET

Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington, to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.


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The Discovery
Gordon Korman

Dive trilogy
J KORMAN

Four kids are on a marine expedition for the summer, diving to explore an underwater habitat that’s just been altered by a seismic event. What they find, though, is much more than fish – it’s sunken treasure.


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Swindle
Gordon Korman

J KORMAN

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, planning to use the money to finance his father’s failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.


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Ungifted
Gordon Korman

J KORMAN

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.


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Touch Blue
Cynthia Lord

J LORD

When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island’s one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school’s population.


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Rules
Cynthia Lord

J LORD

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.


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Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love
Gary Paulsen

J PAULSEN

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.


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When Life Gives You O.J.
Erica S. Perl

J PERL

Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade she takes care of a practice dog made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she is ready for the responsibility even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.


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Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries series
J RUSSELL

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.


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Liar & Spy
Rebecca Stead

J STEAD

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.


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Warp Speed
Lisa Yee

J YEE

Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly-feared.


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