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Tween Booklists

Great reads for tweens in grades 5-7

Realistic Fiction Grades 7-8

The Proving Ground - Alphin, Elaine MarieEdit/Delete

Call Number: J FIC
While trying to adjust to life at a new military base in a town where the residents hate the Army, Kevin, the son of a lieutenant colonel, uncovers a terrorist plot to destroy the base.

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Burger Wuss - Anderson, MTEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O'Dermott's.

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If It Doesn't Kill You - Bechard, Margaret EEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
High school freshman Ben should be enjoying playing football, meeting girls, and going to parties, but he's too busy trying to cope with his father's moving out to live with another man.

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Life in the Fat Lane - Bennett, CherieEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.

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What Hearts - Brooks, BruceEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
After his mother divorces his father and remarries, Asa's sharp intellect and capacity for forgiveness help him deal with the instabilities of his new world.

My Father's Scar - Cart, MichaelEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
As he enters into his first relationships as a gay man, a college freshman recalls the aching loneliness of life with his alcoholic physically abusive father in a community prejudiced against homosexuals.

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Bull Catcher - Carter, Alden REdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
Pete and Jeff continue their friendship and love of baseball as they progress from ninth grade through high school in their small Wisconsin town.

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Happenings - Cobb, KatieEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
A high school girl faces pressure from her older brother, who is also her guardian, when she and her peers peacefully protest a teacher who they believe has stopped doing her job.

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Goats - Cole, BrockEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.

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The Terrorist - Cooney, CarolineEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
ISBN: 0590228536
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.

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Tenderness - Cormier, RobertEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

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Athletic Shorts - Crutcher, ChrisEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Curtis, Christopher PaulEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. A hilarious, touching, and tragic novel about civil rights and the impact of violence on one African American family. Narrated by Kenny, 9, the story tells about his middle-class black family, the Watsons of Flint, Michigan, and their trip to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit Grandma. They happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is bombed.

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Comfort - Dean, CaroleeEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Fourteen-year-old Kenny Roy Willson fantasizes about escape from his hometown of Comfort, Texas, following his alcoholic father's release from prison.

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This Lullaby - Dessen, SarahEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.

In Lane Three, Alex Archer - Duder, TessaEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Fifteen-year-old Alex struggles to overcome personal trauma and hardship as she competes with her arch rival for a place on the New Zealand swimming team participating in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

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Born Too Short - Elish, DanEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

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Whirligig - Fleischman, PaulEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he caused, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.

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The Cuckoo's Child - Freeman, SuzanneEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Eleven-year-old Mia refuses to believe that her parents are not coming back after they're reported lost at sea.

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A Long Way Home - Graff, Nancy PriceEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
After moving to his mother's small hometown in Vermont, twelve-year-old Riley must reconsider his feelings about war and heroes when he meets a man who refused to fight in Vietnam and makes a discovery about one of his own relatives.

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Leaving Fishers - Haddix, Margaret PetersonEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself.

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Heaven - Johnson, AngelaEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.

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Never So Green - Johnson, TimEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
In Iowa in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Tex overcomes his self-consciousness about his deformed right hand to take baseball lessons from his stepfather and his tomboy stepsister, who harbors a dark secret.

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Night Kites - Kerr, MEEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA PB
Seventeen-year-old Erick's comfortable and well-ordered life begins to fall apart when he is forced to keep two secrets: the identity of his new girlfriend and the nature of his brother's debilitating disease.

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Danger Zone - Klass, DavidEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics.

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The Falcon - Koller, Jackie FrenchEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
While running from the truth to escape painful memories of losing his eye, seventeen-year-old Luke gets himself into a series of dangerous situations.

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Willow and Twig - Little, JeanEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Willow doesn't know what to do. Her mother has taken off again, she has to look after her brother Twig, and they're out on the streets of Vancouver with nowhere to go. Then Willow remembers her grandmother, whom she hasn't seen in years. Gram doesn't even know Twig exists, and Twig is, well, difficult. But Gram is her only hope now. After a few urgent phone calls from a police station in Vancouver to Ontario, Willow and Twig are on their way across the country to a grandmother they hardly know, and a strange household made up of an eccentric uncle, a hostile aunt, and a motley crew of animals. Willow is entranced by this new home-but is it really home? Are they safe at last?

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Dunk - Lubar, DavidEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
ISBN: 061819455X
While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend's serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.

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Gypsy Davey - Lynch, ChrisEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Twelve-year-old Davey is the man of the household, taking care of his mother and older sister as best he can and avoiding them when they're either too mean or too sad.

Friends First - McDonnell, ChristineEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
An eighth grade girl faces the evolving relationships, complex changes, and changing feelings arising from her first steps into adulthood.

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The Exiles - McKay, HilaryEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
The four Conroy sisters spend a wild summer at the seaside with Big Grandma, who tries to break them of their reading habit by substituting fresh air and hard work for books and gets unexpected results.

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Zazoo - Mosher, RichardEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Amid old secrets revealed and rifts healed, a thirteen-year-old Vietnamese orphan raised in rural France by her aging "Grand-Pierre" learns about life, death, and love.

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Monster - Myers, Walter DeanEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA PB
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

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The Same Stuff as Stars - Paterson, KatherineEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars.

The Last Safe Place on Earth - Peck, RichardEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Fifteen-year-old Todd sees his perfect suburban world start to unravel when his little sister has her mind poisoned by a member of a fundamentalist sect and he begins to notice signs of censorship in his community.

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Freak the Mighty - Philbrick, RodmanEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

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Zebra and Other Stories - Potok, ChaimEdit/Delete
Call Number: YA FIC
A collection of stories about six different young people who each experience a life-changing event.

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Jungle Dogs - Salisbury, GrahamEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
While worrying about the wild dogs that supposedly lurk in the jungle along his paper route, Hawaiian sixth grader Boy Regis also seeks to stop his older brother Damon from fighting all his battles for him.

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Oddballs - Sleator, WilliamEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
A collection of stories based on experiences from the author's youth and peopled with an unusual assortment of family and friends.

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Looking for Jamie Bridger - Springer, NancyEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Fourteen-year-old Jamie Bridger is determined to find out who her real parents were in spite of opposition from the grandparents who raised her, but her search ends in a bittersweet discovery.

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Rats Saw God - Thomas, RobEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment which helps him to sort out his relationship with his famous astronaut father and the events that changed him from promising student to troubled teen.

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Surviving the Applewhites - Tolan, Stephanie SEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

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My Contract with Henry - Vaupel, RobinEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau's experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.

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Shots on Goal - Wallace, RichEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.

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Homeless Bird - Whelan, GloriaEdit/Delete
Call Number: J PB
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

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Facing the Music - Willey, MargaretEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Through her love of music and membership in her brother's band, sixteen-year-old Lisa learns to deal with her feelings of abandonment following her mother's death.

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Hush - Woodson, JacquelineEdit/Delete
Call Number: J FIC
Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.

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